2015-09-01 W 3 Protection



“We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God.  He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.” A. W. Tozer

I went on a snow skiing trip to Red River New Mexico with some of my family when I was 24.  We were all looking forward to a fun snow skiing vacation!  The first day of skiing was so much fun!  After a full day of skiing, we ate a nice dinner and then went to bed.  We were in room #13 on the second floor of a ski lodge.

While we were all asleep, my mom was awakened by a faint cry from outside, “Fire!” Mom said, “Get up!  Put your ski suits on, and get out!”  We woke up quickly to blackness because there was no electricity.  We were scrambling to find our clothes.  We quickly dressed leaving behind jewelry and everything we’d brought except for the clothes we’d put on.

One by one we quickly made our way out of the room only to be met by the oncoming fire that was quickly devouring our lodge.  One family member was slow in coming out because of looking for the car keys.  I was on the walkway outside the door yelling for them to come.  You could literally watch the fire covering the building.  The flames seemed to reach a doorway and then jumped across while engulfing the room.

Right before the flames had reached our room, we all made it safely down the walkway and down the steps.  We were all dazed, and yet thankful for the car keys so we could drive away from the lodge.

There were many injured and some deaths.  The couple in the room next to ours didn’t make it out.  Many lost their vehicles because they didn’t have their keys.  Others tried to jump from their back windows and suffered broken bones.  GOD WAS OUR PROTECTOR!

My mom wrote a beautiful song taken from Psalms 121.

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.  He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:  he that keepeth thee will not slumber.  Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  The Lord is thy keeper:  the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.  The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.  The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil:  he shall preserve thy soul.  The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.”

King David found himself in perilous situations where his safety for himself, his family, and his nation were threatened.  He declared God as his Protector and offered thanks to the Lord and sang a song of praise when God delivered him from his enemies.

Psalms 91:1, 9, 10 “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most high, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”

Psalms 4:8 “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep:  for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.”

Psalms 3:1-3 “Lord, how are they increased that trouble me!  Many are they that rise up against me.  Many there be which say of my soul, there is no help for him in God.  Selah.  But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.”

Song: Psalms 3:1-3 “Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me!” Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir



Cindy Bice

Cindy Black Bice, Aloha Garden Bible Study

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