"For God will command His angels
to protect you wherever you go."
Psalm 91:11 (CEV)
I have been taught all of my life that God watches over us and protects us. I have prayed for my children all of their lives that He would watch over them and protect them. Even now that my older ones are grown, some married, and living on their own, not a day goes by that I don't ask God to watch over them and protect them.
I am so grateful that He is a prayer answering God!
This past Wednesday, my second oldest son was in a car accident that involved high speed (he was on the freeway), hitting a concrete barrier and rolling several times down an embankment. Receiving a phone call early in the morning from his wife asking for a ride to the local trauma hospital is not something one is really prepared to receive.
Upon entering the emergency room, I'm not sure what I was expecting:
What greeted me was my son sitting up in bed; yes, he had an oxygen tube in his nose, but aside from a few cuts and bruises and a lump on the side of his neck... he didn't look too bad! Scary? Yes. But so much better than we could have imagined.
After multiple cat scans, they reported no brain damage, no internal injuries and no broken bones. A little brain swelling, but nothing to be overly concerned about. After seven hours in the emergency room, we took him home. He is in a lot of pain; every bone and muscle in his body hurts. But we are so thankful that he basically walked away from what could have been a life threatening experience.
God has promised to give His angels charge over each and every one of us. It's because of His great love for us that He does this. I wonder if we every truly realize how much He loves us and just what He protects us from. Paul tells us in Romans that nothing can separate us from that love:
"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers,
nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God."
Romans 8:38-39 (NRSV)
He went on to pray for each of us that we might...
"... grasp how wide and long
and high and deep
is the love of Christ."
Ephesians 3:18 (NIV)
Our children are never too old for us to cover them in prayer. God proved to this Momma His faithfulness to answer our prayers, even when our children are adults. As Ryan and I stood looking at that car, I put my arm around him and said,
"There is no way you can doubt God's love for you!
...His angels are still watching over you!"