Have You Almost Ever Died?

Fresh Manna 2009© by Pastor Tim Burt

The other night Renee and I were stopped at a light on a highway as we were coming home from a birthday party. The stop light on the highway was getting ready to change from red to green. Suddenly this mini-van came charging up behind us whipping into the left turn lane; racing to make the light that had already changed to red to turn left across the highway. I thought the van was going to flip over. It didn’t. The wheels just squealed as they raced through the red light.

On the other side of the highway were two motorcycles that, like us, were waiting for the red light to change green to proceed. Their light had changed green and they were just about to take off when this mini-van raced through the red light and turned right into their path. Thank God they hesitated before taking off or two motorcycle drivers would have been killed. I was praising God they had not been hit. As our light changed and we continued on our way, I couldn’t shake the thought of how close they had just come to being killed because of someone’s reckless actions.

I have had this particular thought many times and it only reinforced my feelings – the thought being this: if people make it through life, they have experienced God’s protection and miracle saving power somewhere at some time. Stop and think for a minute. Have you had a time or two where your life was almost taken and yet you were spared? If you are in a break room or at lunch table today, ask a few people that question. I think you’ll be amazed at the stories you hear.

I say this because there are so many people that think we can’t see God and yet God has already shown up in their life and saved them from either their own reckless destruction or someone else’s, or just from some fluky accident. God is always out there trying to reveal His love and working to protect us from the devil’s destructive touch that operates in this earth.

You may be facing trouble right now and wondering, “Where is God in all this?” If you can’t see Him at the moment, then look back and remember all the times He has helped you and delivered you from destructive forces in the past! Then turn your worry and concern to prayers of thanksgiving and faith that He is helping you now! Jesus has saved you from eternal destruction and given you eternal life. He will also help you now. It is His will and His love toward you!

Isaiah 41:10 (NLT) Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

In His love,
Pastor Tim

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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