Many years ago, back when I was still at university, I had a friend who was from the south pacific. He was attending the same university, and he had a car. I, of course, did not have one; though I did have my driver’s license, and he would often offer to drive me into town and back. As is the case with every student, it is hard to pass up an opportunity to go into town for a little break, and I accepted his offer….
It is with trepidation that I now remember how he often drove those perilous mountain roads to and from town … without putting his hands on the steering wheel!
He would, in fact, often ask me to steer from the passenger’s seat! I am still amazed that I never hit anyone, and especially that we always managed to stay on the n arrow roadway, despite the fact that he refused to drive slow! I got to the point where I didn’t really want to drive with him anymore; but I didn’t know how to tell him without hurting his feelings! I was actually glad when he graduated and moved away!
I recently was drawn to read Psalms 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalms 27:1-2 NIV). As I read these verses, this long-forgotten story about my friend immediately came to mind. I didn’t know God in those days, but you can be sure that I prayed when I was in his car. I am sure now that only God’s angels could have prevented us from either hitting someone or sliding down the mountainside!
We never need to be afraid, our Father is always with us. He is our light and our salvation. If He protected me back in those days before I was serving Him, then I can be certain that He continues to do so even today! He is certainly the stronghold of my life, and this story highlights this fact. Praise to Lord!
What is it that you face today? More than likely it is far scarier than having to drive mountain roads at high speeds while steering from the passenger’s seat. It doesn’t matter, however, how bad or how scary it will be. We can be certain that God is our light and our salvation, the stronghold of our lives, and we, with David, can most certainly say, “…whom shall I fear?…Of whom shall I be afraid?”
Thank you Father!
In His love,
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