Most days, I sit in the car for a longer period of time than I would like. The majority of the time I spend driving is in slow-moving traffic, right through Houston’s rush hour. Just the other day, I was on my way home from work, when suddenly the car in front of me hit the brakes extremely hard.
Thankfully, I was able to stop without hitting the back of that car, but it was pretty close. As my car came to a complete stop, I glanced in my rearview mirror and saw the man in the car behind me jolt forward (and his car). The car behind him hit him. My jaw dropped. If I were to have gotten out of my car and measured how far away the car behind me was from me, it probably would have been an inch. Really, it was so close. I saw the guy behind me throw his hands up and back down, hitting his steering wheel in frustration. All I could think was, “Wow, God is so good.” I mean really, the car in front of me was the car that braked REALLY hard. I should have been the one who was hit. It’s like my car was invisible.
As I was thanking God, this portion of Scripture came to mind –
The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade on your right hand.
We usually go through life, day by day, not thinking about all the things God does for us. I was reminded of how God, so greatly, protects me. I happened to look in my rearview mirror at the perfect time. If it weren’t for that look back, I would have never known that I was one car away from getting into an accident. I wouldn’t have seen how the Lord was protecting me. It would have been just like any other drive home. Think about how many things happen in one day that the Lord, by His divine power, protects you from. Not only is He continually at work for us, He does what is best for us. He always has our best interest in mind. He is the shade at our right hand. He is our shadow. Our protection. He goes before us and behind us. He’s on every side of us. He’s always with us, protecting us.
I realized that God has the power to make my car invisible when He wants. He has the power to do anything.
In this particular situation, the Lord knew that it would be better for me not to be hit, than to be hit. But more importantly, He made sure that I saw what exactly He was protecting me from. Usually we don’t see the alternate endings that could have been for certain events that take place in our life. We just live. Sure, some of us thank God for EVERYTHING, but most of us don’t. It wasn’t just a random coincidence that I was kept out of this accident. It was a lesson. And I’m thankful my eyes were open enough to see God’s sovereign hand. Even in a small situation, which seems like not that big of deal, the Lord reveals Himself.
Let’s keep our eyes open. Let’s ask the Lord for understanding and for situations in life that will show us who He is. We are children of such a great God. There’s so much more we need to learn about Him! He protects. And no, He’s not just protecting us from crashing into cars, but from all that wouldn’t benefit us. He’s our keeper. He always keeps an eye on us. Don’t worry, your life isn’t going to fall through the cracks. God doesn’t have cracks. He has it all together, and makes the wheels turn so that we can walk in His path. Take time to see what He’s doing in your life. He sees what’s coming down the road (literally and figuratively). The Lord knows the steps you’ll take before you take them. He knows what life is going to throw out at you next. May His presence overtake and overwhelm your days. Slow down, and look for Him. He’s there, and all He wants is for you to see Him. When you see Him so clearly, thank Him. Who else could give us invisible cars?