God Protects

#SheReadsTruth – Songs of Ascent

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore.Psalm 125: 1-2

I am so very lucky to have found #SheReadsTruth – and done a few of the studies with the community there. While I am pretty shy and I rarely comment on the readings of the day, I’ve found that the readings are always spot on and exactly what I need at that particular moment. They’re generally written by a team of women, so they always seem so much more relevant to me and my circumstances. I know that one of the first studies I did in the Fall of 2012, is what led me to make such a large commitment to studying God’s Word in 2013. God placed #SheReadsTruth in my life for a purpose and I am ever so thankful.

Today was Day 1 of a new plan – Songs of Ascent. This is an area of the Bible I have never really studied in depth (Psalms 120-134), but after reading a brief description of this section of the Psalms, I can’t wait to learn more about each individually. In addition to studying the Songs of Ascent, the readings will look at passages from the New Testament in preparation for Easter (I can’t believe it’s so close).

So from what I’ve researched, the Songs of Ascent were sung as our people traveled to Jerusalem each year. Jerusalem was set high up on a hill, hence the phrase “going up to Jerusalem” and “Songs of Ascent“. After I discovered that fact, it was so much easier to picture myself as a pilgrim, traveling towards Jerusalem, and to understand the long journey that it was.

I can only imagine the feelings of those making the pilgrimage, as they rounded the corner and saw the mountains around Jerusalem in the distance (Psalm 121). And then the overwhelming feeling of finally stepping foot inside Jerusalem and raising eyes and hearts in prayer and praise to God for His mercy (Psalm 123). How amazing it would be!

At this point in my life, Psalm 125 really spoke to me. After the events of yesterday, to know that God surrounds me and protects me in times of fearful danger (just as He surrounds Jerusalem) is amazing. Is it so overwhelming (in a good way) to know that our God and His love are stronger and more enduring than mountains. He will protect me, with His mountains of love and power.

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people
both now and forevermore.
The scepter of the wicked will not remain
over the land allotted to the righteous,
for then the righteous might use
their hands to do evil.
Lord, do good to those who are good,
to those who are upright in heart.
But those who turn to crooked ways
the Lord will banish with the evildoers.
Peace be on Israel.
Psalm 125

And what really amazes me, is that “those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion”. Our trust in Him makes us just as strong and steadfast as the mountains, ever-enduring and ever-strong. With our trust placed, correctly, in the Lord, we can withstand the rain, withstand the thunder, the lighting and the wind. We cannot be shaken or moved. We endure forever, through Him, and with His mighty arms around us.

Watch Over Me, Lord

The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.Psalm 121:7-8, NIV

I have never been more scared in my life, than I was this morning. I’ve never had such an overwhelming sense of fear or terror.

At 5:30 or so this morning, I could hear Decker whining to go outside, so I jumped out of bed a bit earlier to take him out. In general, I am a fairly paranoid person, and I know that. I tend to watch all of the cars that drive by our townhome and I notice when one is out of place or doesn’t belong. Sometimes I let it overwhelm me and it gets the best of me. Honestly – it’s something I’ve really been trying to work on, because I don’t want fear to affect the way I live my life.

Well this morning, as soon as I stepped out of house, I noticed an older (creepy) van driving around behind another building in our complex. Because I’m trying not to be overly paranoid, I just let it go and continued about my business. I took Decker across the street to our normal spot and he wandered around for a minute or two. I did have my back to the area that the truck had disappeared, however.

I turned to head back inside and noticed that the van was headed back my way. When I got close to the street, I slowed down to let the van go ahead of me, so that I could cross behind it, but instead of driving forward, the van slowed to a complete stop. Then it’s lights went off and the driver door started to open. At that point I heard a voice in my head telling me to run (and now, I know it was God warning me), so I did. Decker and I ran across the street, up the stairs and into the house. I never looked back.

My first thought was to run upstairs and see if the van was still there, which I did. And in the time that it took me to get up one flight of stairs, the van had driven up the street about 500 feet and pulled into a parking spot. He then sat there, for 30 seconds to a minute (I can’t tell really, because I was shaking and crying), and then backed out without his lights on and drove off (without his lights on).

I sat there, shaking, scared and crying for a few minutes. I said a prayer, thanking God for keeping me out of harms way and for getting me back to the house safely. And then I went to wake up my husband. I actually scared him when I walked into the bedroom, because (and get this) – he was having a dream that I was missing and he was searching for me.

I did end up calling the police and reporting the incident, but now I am here, all alone, facing the fear. And surprisingly I feel okay, because I know that God is here and He is protecting me. I know that God saved me and He was who told me to run. I don’t think I would have done so, if I hadn’t heard His voice. I feel like He tried to warn me earlier in the morning too, because I woke up thinking about how I needed to be more careful when going outside alone.

And now looking back, I know that even though I might have been in danger, I feel safe and protected knowing that my God is here with me always, watching over me, now and forevermore.

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