Working in the world of environmental safety and health, there is a term that I became quite acquainted with called a “near miss.” A “near miss” is an event that had the potential to cause damage or injury but did not do so. In any event, we would always have to record the “near miss” and make sure whatever controls we have are adequate to prevent getting so close to another incident.
I don’t have to think too hard about it to recall the “near misses” that I have encountered in my life. As I run through my memory bank, I recall several incidents that could have killed me; but God’s mercy kept me. There have been a few minor car accidents; however, I remember more vividly the time I stalled for just a second at a green light to find a radio station, and just as I looked up and began to accelerate, an 18-wheeler came flying through the intersection perpendicular to my car. Had I been seconds faster, the chances of any of the people in my car or the car itself surviving would have been next to zero. There was the attempted car jacking and the two times that I have been hit or run off of the road on the highway. It’s still hard for me to think about the night we almost died. Having all of my oxygen cut off and frantically trying to move crowds of party goers aside to make it to fresh air had to be one of the scariest times in my life. What my friends and I thought would be a great party in Spain turned out to be one of the most tragic events of my life.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. (Psalm 91:9-13 NIV)
These are a few of the things that I have experienced and lived to tell you about; but, what’s even more praiseworthy is that there are dangers that God protects me from that I have not witnessed. I can stop and shout right there. As I go about my day, there are dangers that lurk around every corner and sometimes in my own living space but I am completely oblivious. Sometimes when I am running late or things don’t seem to be coming together in the morning, I think “God are you purposely slowing me down? You know the danger that lies outside of my door.” I’ve seen horrible automobile accidents and pedestrian fatalities and thought to myself if I had left the house a little bit sooner, that could have been me. His grace is certainly sufficient.
I am grateful to know that God didn’t see fit to let those “near misses” become actual incidents. It isn’t that I’ve prayed longer or worshiped stronger. I can only speculate that He isn’t finished with me yet. There is more of His will that I need to execute. It is by His grace and mercy I am here today and for that I am thankful.
Thank You for protection. God, I am grateful for the “near misses” that I have experienced because without them, I might take Your covering for granted. I thank You for orchestrating my steps. Lord I pray that I continue to be obedient to Your voice as You continue to lead me out of harm’s way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today, I EMPOWER you to pause for a moment and tell God thank You for His protection, for His guidance and for His grace and mercy. Thank Him for the “near misses” and for protection against the dangers you have not seen.
Can you think of the “near misses” or close calls that you have experienced?
Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.”