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I think we often forget how ever-present God is. Especially when we see catastrophes and tragedies around us daily, and we get one diagnosis after another for our child...it's hard to see God working.
However, the other day, I saw God...I was driving my daughter to speech therapy. My husband was out of town for work, and we had a long week ahead of us with me substitute teaching at my daughter's middle school, plus one meeting or another going on every afternoon. I was utilizing the "peacefulness" of the ride to contemplate the assessment my daughter was about to have at speech therapy which would test her for Auditory Processing Disorder.
She's also legally blind, so, let's just say that my brain was kind of working in overdrive about what this all could mean for her future.If any of you has a panic disorder, you'll understand how quickly PANIC sets in. For some reason I started to think to myself:
We are in a car, heading toward the highway. If we get in an accident, Jeff's not here in town to get to us quickly. What if I die in the accident and she has to wait for Jeff to get back here from Arizona?Yes, these are the thoughts of panic that seize my brain on a routine basis. I call that voice my Green Goblin of Fear.
Anyway, the Green Goblin was having a good old time in my head, so I started to pray:
Heavenly Father, protect us. Protect our car. Protect the other drivers on the road. Get us through this day safely. Amen.Very simple. Nothing fancy.
As we approached the on-ramp to the interstate, I noticed that traffic going the OTHER direction was at a stand still. Bummer. Glad we aren't going east.
I get onto our stretch of highway and proceed to move to the far left lane as I'll be staying on this road for a while and it will get me there faster. I'm driving in my far left lane and see that traffic ahead of me has stopped.
I stop in plenty of time, and without even throwing my purse from the passenger seat to the floor. Yay, me!I look in my rearview mirror to see how the guy behind me is doing.
A black Jeep is pulling to a stop behind me. He's doing fine too. Excellent!
But, the next thing I know, the black Jeep is suddenly stopped directly to my left in the shoulder. Our driver's seats are lined up right across from each other.My heart never skipped a beat. I never broke a sweat. I never thought, "Oh my goodness...what do I do?"
God had veiled my eyes with a very specific purpose~to show ME what I needed to see in my rearview mirror in order to KEEP ME SAFE.Then He unveiled them. To show me how He had answered the prayer I had only uttered moments before. Because, had I SEEN the jeep behind me struggling to slow down, I would have gone left, into the shoulder to give him more room to stop. Had I NOTICED his inability to stop before hitting us, I would driven us directly into that same spot where his vehicle came to a stop.
How many times do we miss it? How many times do we NOT see His glory all around us? How many times does He save us and our family DAILY without our noticing?
Let's remember that God has a plan for our lives and for the lives of our children. Often times our prayers seem to go unanswered or feel like they take FOREVER; but, wow, when God unveils our eyes and we are able to SEE the answers and how He works; THAT is the glory of God we can cling to even on our most troublesome days.
Pray: Father God, you save us DAILY from tragedies we may never know about. Thank you for your love, mercy and sovereignty. God, please help me to SEE you working in our lives. Help me to give You the glory and never take it for granted.