Someone to Watch Over Me

I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me.

Psalm 3:5 NLT

The Lord will keep you from all harm. He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121:7-8 NIV

Hindsight is 20/20.  When I reflect on my past some of the most difficult years were during an unhappy marriage that ended with an emotionally draining divorce.   So many things I wish I had done differently.  At a time when I needed to reach out to God, I was unable to do so.  I was frozen by fear, anxiety, and depression.  However, on close inspection, I realize God was there watching over my children and me.

There was never enough money, but somehow, He put people in my path who were sympathetic to my needs.  Companies allowed me to pay a lesser amount on my bills – some only got $25 when it should have been $100.  When my houses, as well as many others, flooded due to a busted pipe during a Christmastime freeze, God sent me a plumber when it was difficult to find a plumber.  This sweet man allowed me to pay him a little each month.  God sent a co-worker who gave of his free time to replace drywall.  But most of all, God watched over my pre-teen daughter and teenage son when I was working long hours and too exhausted most of the time to be a good parent.  Thank you Jesus for protecting my children.  

I am reminded of Esther in the Old Testament.  God is not mentioned once in this Book, however, God’s hand is evident in Esther’s life.  Certainly, my life was not so grand as Esther’s, but He was nonetheless present watching over my children and me. Turning bad choices into good testimonies for His glory.

Father, thank you for loving us so much that you provide & protect us even when we neglect to come to you for help.  Thank you for taking my messes and turning them into testimonies of your love and mercy.  In Christ’s Name I pray, Amen