My Protector

You may know that I take a daily walk that takes me about an hour to complete. It’s a great idea for everyone to do this, but in addition to it being a generally healthy thing to do, it is imperative for me to keep my damaged heart as healthy as possible for as long as possible. So I usually walk 6 or even 7 days a week.

And sometimes it’s an adventure.

Today, I knew there was a slight chance of rain and I could see some dark clouds to the north which is often the direction from which we’ll see rain, so when I was finally able to get started, I was wondering if I’d make the entire loop before getting rained on. It turns out the rain never materialized, but about halfway through the walk, a windstorm developed. And unusual things began to happen.

As I approached a large construction site, I noticed the wind was kicking up a lot of dirt and debris from the site, so I decided I would step off the sidewalk and venture briefly into the 4 lane street just to maybe be safer from flying debris that might show up from the multi-story building that is still being built. Just as I reached the corner of the worksite and was about to step around a parked car, a large temporary electrical panel dropped from about 20 feet over my head and landed right in front of me. BOOM! A second or two later and I probably would have been killed.

I kept walking and kept my eyes up looking for anything else that might fly at me.

A block later, I was crossing an intersection that has a sizeable speed bump to slow the oncoming traffic down. Almost every time I walk past it a vehicle will hit that “tope” a little too fast and squeal their tires a little or bottom out on the other side of it. Today, just as I was almost to that speed bump, an old VW Caribe (think VW Rabbit) came flying down the street which has a 40 km/h speed limit, and hit that speed bump at probably 50 to 60 km/h. He lost control as the car went airborne. It landed right next to me! He was going so fast, he regained control after a couple bounces and kept going. A foot or two over and I probably would have been killed.

As I thankfully rounded the neighborhood hill and crossed the last busy intersection just a few blocks from home, I was walking around the construction site of a corner convenience store. They put up a temporary fence around their property recently leaving only about 2 feet to walk between that and the street. The wind was still blowing hard and a gust of wind pushed that temporary fence right at my head. So, I ducked and took a step to my right. This put me right on the edge of the lane of traffic that I now couldn’t see. The traffic next to me had a red light, but at that instant a large pickup truck came flying by in the right turn lane to run the red light at high speed and just missed me by inches. I couldn’t even see it because of the fencing which was covered in a black privacy plastic and had leaned completely over into me. Less than a foot closer and that truck would have turned ME into a speed bump. I probably would have been killed.

And I was just out trying to get some exercise and keep my heart healthy. It turned out to be a tightrope walk over death. Yet, I made it home untouched and unharmed. The Lord orders our steps, doesn’t he?

Psalm 121 

I look up toward the hills. From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth.
May he not allow your foot to slip. May your Protector not sleep
Look! Israel’s Protector does not sleep or slumber.
The Lord is your protector; the Lord is the shade at your right hand.
The sun will not harm you by day, or the moon by night.
The Lord will protect you from all harm; he will protect your life.
The Lord will protect you in all you do, now and forevermore.


About alanbeth

What’s up? or rather, ¿Qué pasa? Hola, I’m Alan. I’m a missionary living in Mexico. We have a heart for MK Education and so we teach at a local Christian school with MK students as well as nationals and foreign students as well. I occasionally write or have a pic to share with you at my blog, Knowing Your ABCDs, which you can read with a click on the button above. You can read my blog with a click on the button above.
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