Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me. (Psalms 66:16)
Relate: We were climbing a cliff. It wasn’t impossibly steep and it was only about 70 feet or so and the three of us decided to go without ropes. I know, it’s not a good decision but what do you expect from three high school students who believe they’re invincible? When climbing you always want three points connection with the cliff while you adjust one hand or foot at a time. I was the middle climber when I heard the girl taking point yell an expletive I won’t repeat here. I looked up to see a boulder about a foot in diameter and about four inches thick come right at me. It slammed into my thigh and knocked me off all three points. Right before impact I had grabbed a root with my left hand and that was the only thing that kept me from tumbling down a good 40 foot drop. Once I recovered I was able to pull that dead root straight out of the cliff with ease. There is no way it should have even held five pounds let alone my 170 pound frame plus the weight of momentum. God saved my life that day.
There was also the day I was coming home from watching the Gladiator shortly after college graduation. Pastor Will was driving and I was passenger. A drunk driver ran a stop sign and hit us at a speed of about 35 mph. The brunt of the impact was right where I was sitting. My door was punched in 17 inches and the passenger seat was crumpled up like an accordion. Somehow I found myself straddling the gear stick when the car stopped spinning (after hitting a tree and bouncing off). The impact was so sudden and so severe that the back windshield blew out from the pressure. They rushed me to the hospital where they performed scan after scan. They picked some pieces of glass out of my knee and my leg and I had some pretty rough bruises from the seat belt but that was it. The doctor tried witnessing to me that night. While looking at a photo of the damage he said, “Son, if you don’t believe in God you should. Because He just saved your life tonight.”
React: I could tell story after story of God’s provision, and His protection, of His grace, and His favor. Some of the stories blow my mind. Others Are little ways He shows He cares. Even today, I was a bit angry and frustrated at work when someone else came up to me and said, “What can I do to help.” They were a God send. It turned my attitude and the rest of my night around. Little things like that are happening every day if only I am willing to open my eyes and look. Not only that, but those blessings aren’t meant only for me. I have a responsibility to tell others of the things He has done for me. Maybe it will be that little nudge to convince them that this God thing is worth checking out for themselves. maybe it will be a ray of hope when they are in a rough spot themselves. Maybe it will increase their faith. And maybe it will help me to be more mindful of some of those other blessings He is pouring out that I am taking for granted.
God, let my praise be contagious. Help me to have such an attitude of gratitude for all that You have done that it just keeps bubbling out of me. You have been so good over and over again. Time and time again You have come to my rescue. I have so much to share of Your kindness and Your power and Your love. Help me to open my mouth and let it spill out. Let my testimony of Your greatness be a blessing to everyone I meet.