Holy Spirit, communication with You is essential to growing spiritually in power. You are the Gardener that prunes my soul. When we talk, You listen and respond. When You speak, I listen. You tell us to obey even in small things. Yes even in little things like obeying speed limits. They are set by the authority of the state (authority given by You). When we listen and obey, we receive Your promises. For example, when we were driving home Easter night, the speed limit went down in a “work zone” from 55 to 45 mph. Many drivers ignored it. But my husband is a good man and reduced our speed.
Down the road a ways, out of the darkness there suddenly appeared a very large deer directly in front of our car. His startled frightened eye still lives in my mind. My husband braked and swiftly maneuvered to the left to avoid the deer. Heart pumping rapidly, we came back to our side of the road and continued on.
So now breaking down our adventure, we can see God’s protecting hand. If we had been going faster, the deer was that close, it could not have been avoided; if there was oncoming traffic, we would have had no room to avoid it. If the deer would have just stopped and stared he would no longer be roaming today, and perhaps we would not either. If the enemy was trying to get rid of us, he failed, because Bill is an obedient man, God could cause all things to work together for our good.
Living under the power of God means always having Him on our side. Like I wrote on FB about the appointment in the Springs last Tuesday. It’s a 60 mile drive ~ no problem. However, the weather for Tuesday was forecasted as a huge snowstorm with high 65mph winds and sub freezing temperatures which translates into icy roads and generally dangerous driving conditions.
To be honest my first reaction was worry. Then I pulled my thoughts to the Word of God. There He promises to take care of me. I remembered Psalm 138:8 where He says that He will 'perfect that which concerns me'. Trusting Him, I was able to ‘give my concern' to God to perfect it. We were prudent and left late afternoon on Monday, so we only needed to deal with rush hour traffic ~ slow, but no problem.
On Tuesday at twenty degrees, the weather was insta-freeze with the forcefully gusting winds sweeping in from the north. Thankfully we spent little time out in it. When our procedure was complete we made the decision to drive home to Denver. God heard my trusting heart and there was no snow on the roads and only a little ice here and there. Using great caution we made it safely back to Denver. God is so good in providing a way for us always. He is our Father, our loving Protector!