Though a thousand may fall beside you, and a multitude on your right side, it will not reach you.
My entire life, I have been incredibly self-disciplined.
My freshmen year in high school, I was fouled with 8 seconds left in the Sweet Sixteen Girl's Basketball Game. My team was down by 1 point to Charles Henderson. I missed both free throws. That summer, I practiced free throws at home everyday until I could make 20 shots in a row each time I stepped up to the line. Once I put my mind to something, I find a way to see it through.
Growing up, I knew it was important to read my Bible, but between basketball, softball, cross country, and cheerleading, it was difficult to take a break from the busyness and make time for reading.
I think everyone can relate to busyness. The world we live in demands our attention. And being 'busy' doesn't always mean appointments on a calendar. Busyness can be checking social media every 2 minutes until your server brings your food or blasting music in the car to fill the void of silence while driving. The truth is busyness robs us of being able to hear God's voice.
In this life, the world places importance on things that are little, but when you transform your thinking by the renewing of your mind, you can decipher what's worth your attention.
The Lord began to tug at my heart, urging me to be intentional with my time. I realized that I could have a full schedule without allowing busyness to control my life. All I had to do was prioritize effectively.
It's 2018, and 'Read the Bible' is at the top of my New Year's Resolution list - and I was going to cross it off before December.
Every night before falling asleep, I grabbed the pocket-sized, leather Bible in the top drawer of my nightstand and read until I started to doze off. Before long, I was finishing the story of Moses and starting on Leviticus.
From time to time, I would break up my reading by listening to the Bible on my YouVersion app. I would sit on the back porch, sip tea, and follow along in my Bible. One thing that I noticed while using the app was that if I closed out of it while it was still playing, it would start that chapter over with verse 1 the next time I opened it to listen.
It's January 27th, and I'm almost halfway through the entire Bible. My Saturday morning reads and afternoon quiet times are really paying off. I decide to pickup four chairs that I bought off of Facebook Marketplace, so I plugin my phone and start listening to YouVersion as I head down I-10. I'm making the same drive that I've made almost everyday for the past two years, but as I look closely at the car ahead of me, I notice what seems to be a piece of trash heading my direction after being run over.
The entire incident happened in slow motion. With both hands on the steering wheel, I watch as a sheet of roofing metal drifts through the air and makes its way towards my windshield. The closer it got, the more I realized it was about to hit me square between the eyes. Suddenly, my entire body shifted forward as the metal sheet hit my car, slamming through my windshield, and I watched as tiny pieces of glass floated through the air.
I was in shock.
I kept driving until I fully grasped what had happened. The roof metal had pierced through the glass and was fixed in between my front seats, sticking straight out of the front of my car. As I pulled over to the side of the interstate, the wind whipped the metal, causing it to fold back onto the top of my car.
I put the car in park and called my mom who was out of town at a worship conference for the weekend. As I started to tell her what had just happened, I began to cry, thinking of how fatal the entire incident could have been. My mother said that she had been praying for me, and while she was praying, she saw an angel standing guard in front of me while I was driving, deflecting the metal. I was speechless.
God truly is my refuge, my place of safety.
That night, I was loading the dishwasher when I decided to turn on my YouVersion app which had shut off after I called my mom earlier that day. When it started the chapter over that was playing in the car at the time of the accident, I got goosebumps as I heard the beginning of of the prayer of protection. I was listening to Psalm 91.
1 As for you, the one who lives in the shelter of the sovereign One,
and resides in the protective shadow of the mighty king —
2 I say this about the Lord, my shelter and my stronghold,
my God in whom I trust —
3 he will certainly rescue you from the snare of the hunter
and from the destructive plague.
4 He will shelter you with his wings;
you will find safety under his wings.
His faithfulness is like a shield or a protective wall.
5 You need not fear the terrors of the night,
the arrow that flies by day,
6 the plague that comes in the darkness,
or the disease that comes at noon.
7 Though a thousand may fall beside you,
and a multitude on your right side,
it will not reach you.
8 Certainly you will see it with your very own eyes —
you will see the wicked paid back.
9 For you have taken refuge in the Lord,
my shelter, the sovereign One.
10 No harm will overtake you;
no illness will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you in all you do.
12 They will lift you up in their hands,
so you will not slip and fall on a stone.
13 You will subdue a lion and a snake;
you will trample underfoot a young lion and a serpent.
14 The Lord says,
“Because he is devoted to me, I will deliver him;
I will protect him because he is loyal to me.
15 When he calls out to me, I will answer him.
I will be with him when he is in trouble;
I will rescue him and bring him honor.
16 I will satisfy him with long life,
and will let him see my salvation.