Janet and I have been so busy lately that I think we are meeting ourselves coming and going. Last week I was in southern Indiana and then flew to Dallas for several days. Janet was in Williamsburg with her sisters and had horrendous flights both ways – getting stuck in Charlotte for more than five hours last Monday afternoon. She and I were like ships passing in the night – well not quite… I left for a trip to southern Indiana before Janet arrived back in Carmel. We finally got to spend an evening together last Wednesday. Well, technically, I got home at 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, but after a 15 hour day I was exhausted and headed right to bed.
And in the midst of a hectic world and our insane lives right now, there is something incredibly wonderful about just being home and relaxing with the love of my life. I can’t help but agree with Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz when she said, “There’s no place like home…” Ain’t it the truth!
My car is two years old and I have already put more than 50,000 miles on it. That’s what happens when you are on the road several days a week, almost every week. It’s odd that for the first 35 years that Janet and I were married, I don’t think that we spent more than a handful of nights apart – in the whole 35 years total. Then, during the last 7 years or so, I have been on the road more than ever before – some years as many as 75 nights. Now I know that I really don’t qualify as a “road warrior” but it’s more than enough travel for me.
Eighty something trips to Dallas, at least 30 trips to New York and New Jersey, a dozen trips to the west coast and other trips to Phoenix, Knoxville, St. Louis, Cincinnati and other places too numerous to mention complete the balance of the locations I have visited during the last several years. And whenever I get ready to hit the road, I can’t help but think of the Bible and many of the verses that God uses to speak about His protection for His people.
My favorite verse on this topic is our verse for the evening. It can be found in the Psalms. We are told, in Psalm 91:9-12, ” If you make the Most High your dwelling— even the LORD, who is my refuge— then no harm will befall 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.” People typically consider this verse evidence of the fact that we have guardian angels – angels who are sent to protect us.
My encouragement tonight is that God loves us and is concerned with our safety. We are to put our faith in Him. My prayer is that you will thank God for all the times that you have been kept safe when you weren’t even aware that God’s angels were on the job protecting you. Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…