The nurse looked out the back window of the lead RV, concerned that the cars following in the caravan make it through the icy patch of the Indiana freeway. Just as she feared, the last car went to pass a slow vehicle, hit the ice, flipped over, and landed in the ditch. She was sure she would be pulling the dead bodies of three college students out of the vehicle.
The wrecked car was mine. I was in the passenger’s seat. A friend had offered to drive the first leg of the trip. In order to write a thank-you note to our hosts, back in the city where our group had campaigned during spring break, I did something I never do: I had removed my seat belt.
The driver, another student in the back seat, and I, in my unsecured seat, went hurtling off the highway.
Instead of dead bodies, we three survived with only bumps and scratches. Not even a broken bone. The car was totalled. I would never see it again. But I was given a new life.
In moments such as this, we are sure there is a God in heaven who cares for us. We know how close we come to death, and feel sure we have been given a new chance.
What we don’t often perceive is that every day is a gift from God. Every hour of life, every breath we breathe, is an act of God to preserve us and draw us near to himself.
The old song got it right, pleading to God:
I need thee every hour, in joy or pain; come quickly, and abide, or life is vain.
Only in eternity will we know how many times and in how many ways God has preserved our lives. In our hardest moments, in our happiest hours, he is present to move us closer to his side.
I need thee, O I need thee; every hour I need thee! O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.
As I stumbled out of that wrecked car so many years ago, I knew God had preserved me.
I can have that same certainty every single day, when I see so many around me succumbing to death. If I am still standing, God has a purpose for me.
He preserves our lives and does not allow our feet to slip, Psalm 66.9.
The Lord isn’t slow to keep his promise, as some think of slowness, but he is patient toward you, not wanting anyone to perish but all to change their hearts and lives, 2 Peter 3.9 CEB.
There is one God and Father of us all, who rules over everyone. He works through all of us and in all of us, Ephesians 4.6 ERV.