Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Watch and Pray

A Facebook friend shared the video below as an admonition to others not to text and drive or engage in other behaviors that are conducive to causing accidents. The video is so powerful that the images it contains still haunt me and bring tears to my eyes, even though the span of a few hours has passed since watching it.

Most people will probably take it as nothing more distressing than what they see in a typical movie nowadays. I see it as a reflection of lives tragically lost and impacted at a time and season unexpected.

For me, the video was a sharp reminder to never be complacent. We must watch and pray at all times. Who knows what evils God has delivered us from that we don't know about in addition to the things that He's protected us from that we do know about? For this alone, He is worthy of praise.

I can think back to just this past February when I was driving in an unfamiliar neighborhood in late evening. For whatever reason, people were driving recklessly. I saw a number of accidents, ambulances, and police cars that night. In under an hour God delivered me from no less than five accidents that could have been mortally serious from the dynamics of how our cars were positioned. Thank you, Lord.

Starting right now, let's make a vow to begin each day with prayer, thanking Him for all that He's done for us and asking Him to continue to protect us and those we love from dangers seen and unseen. Life is tenuous; circumstances can change faster than the blink of an eye. All in all, God is our only hope for safety and protection. 

What testimony do you have of God's deliverance? How has He kept those close to you safe? Do your prayers include specific requests for protection?

"Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is."  Mark 13:33
*Warning:  Video not suitable for young children or the sensitive.  The images contained therein are disturbing, graphic, and violent.  Use your best discretion in your decision to view it.

Video - Drive carefully.