God's Grace And Protection

Monday, July 26, 2021
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Many years ago, my younger sister was featured on the national news. Her story was quite horrific. She had purchased a Volkswagen bug not too long before. She and her friend were coming home from work on a county road when they were engulfed in pea soup fog.

The road had been newly paved, so there were no painted lines to guide the driver or passenger. They were aware of ditches on the right side so they tried to stay well up on the pavement.

The women came to a railway crossing that crossed the road at an angle. Counting the tracks, both driver and passenger decided that it was time to turn to the left to proceed home. The road became quite bumpy, and finally, the car was stuck. They got out of the car and assessed the problem. They were stuck on the track.

Trying to peer through the fog, the women could see a small glimmer of light in the distance and ran toward it. It was the back door of a factory. They both pounded on the door. Time seemed to stop, and finally, after what seemed like forever, two men opened the door.

After hearing their plight, the men and women ran to the car. One man was very concerned, saying, "A train is due to come through here shortly." They tried to push, pull, or lift the car off the track. The car wouldn't budge. The concerned man anxiously yelled, "I hear the train." Three ran toward the factory, and my sister ran the other way. The car was dragged a good distance before the train stopped. The engineer was beside himself thinking that he had killed someone. He was relieved when he heard that all were alive.

Kind police came and investigated. After taking statements, they gave the two women a ride home. The car was replaced. The hand of God protected those women.

Psalm 5:11 – But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. (NIV)

Today, my sister is a preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Over the years, she has truly come to know and rely on the One who said:

John 14:6 – I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (NIV)

Let us all look to Jesus for our protection, not only in this life, but in the life to come.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for giving Your Son to be the sacrifice for our salvation. Help us to share the message of the gospel with others. Help us to encourage Your children. Fill our hearts with thankfulness and awareness of Your grace and protection in our lives daily. Be with those who try to keep us safe and well. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Ruth Rowe <ruthjohn.rowe@gmail.com>
Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good word, Ruth.

    What a scary but encouraging post, Ruth. God bless you and your sister!

    Hi Ruth: What an amazing story and a great reminder of God’s love and protection. Blessings.

    Thank you for sharing this devotional with us. How awful but how wonderful was God’s protection that day! Blessings.

    What a distressing experience for all concerned. Yes, God gives us the greatest refuge. Amen.

    What a story in today’s Canadian Presbyterian Devotional. Thank you for sharing it and your thoughts.

    Hello Ruth,
    A very good devotional you have written reminding us of that very directive scripture John14:6. A great scripture to focus on and certainly one that is of importance to your sister. What a scary episode she recovered from and the Lord was certainly with them at that foggy time. Blessings for this writing and sharing a special story of how the Lord’s guidance saved the lives of those ladies.

    Good morning Ruth,
    You sister and her friend were protected by God that terrible day in that pea soup fog. Having people try to help you and hearing the train in time to all be safe is God’s grace. Thank you for sharing and showing us an example of God looking after us. At one time, I would have felt God was only looking after us if “bad” things didn’t happen at all. I have had to grow with more understanding that these happenings help us to grow in our faith. Learning of others stories is part of that growth curve for me. May you continue to share with us so we can feel God’s love in many different ways. Blessings.

    Good afternoon Ruth
    Thank you for your good words yesterday.

    Hi Ruth:
    Just read your devotion. Another excellent one. I had not heard that story before. She was certainly protected by our loving God that day.

    Dear Ruth,
    What an amazing story! God is so good!!
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    God bless you as you continue using your gifts for His glory!!

    Dear Ruth, Thank you for your story it is a very touching reminder of how faithful and wonderfully God takes care of his children. It brought tears of thankfulness to me, not only because he saved your precious sister and friend but because he does the same for all of his children. Thank you again.

    Well-told and memorable, Ruth. I made a list of all the times like this in my life where I would’ve died but for God’s grace. There were 14 that I knew about. How many other times have we been protected from evil and never even noticed? What a joy to live this life in Christ.

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