Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Angel at the Wheel

Recently I had a frightening experience that shook me to the core! After a busy day at the ballpark in Toronto, I was driving home and nodded off a few times. You know how it is! You briefly doze off but in a second or two you jerk back to reality, realizing that you better pull over or risk an accident.

As I neared my exit off Highway 401, I looked forward to getting out of the car for a few minutes and buying a coffee to wake me up. The problem was...I missed the exit to Highway 115 and kept driving...asleep at the wheel. Suddenly I snapped back from my dozing and, for a moment, didn't recognize the scenery. Realizing that I had missed my exit I knew that the next exit was just a mile or so down the road. When that exit didn't show up I knew that I had passed it too, while sleeping. I had gone over two (2) miles, asleep at the wheel. What a scary thought as I look back on it! My only conclusion is that "the angel of the Lord was encamping round about me".

Christ our Pilot

So...what did I learn from this episode? My family doctor recently requisitioned a "sleep test" to monitor my changing sleep patterns. Carol has told me that I'm not sleeping as soundly as I used to. I have not had those tests yet. I that this has happened. Also, I will not wait "til the next exit" when I begin to doze off. Most of all, I was reminded of the truth stated in one of my favorite psalms, Psalm 91. The Psalmist writes, "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."

Thank you, Father, for delivering me and protecting me! Psalm 91 goes on to say that "because he (the believer) loves me, I will:

1) rescue him
2) protect him
3) answer him when he calls on me
4) be with him in trouble
5) deliver him
6) honor him
7) satisfy him with a long life
8) show him my salvation

What a mighty God we serve! Because He loves us passionately and unconditionally, He comes to our rescue and does for us what we could never do ourselves.

Hallelujah, what a Savior!


  1. David,

    It sounds like you are "burning the candles at both ends" as my momma used to say. Take care of yourself! We don't want "the journey home" to be any time soon, unless Jesus returns. However, praise God that "he watches over us when we slumber."

  2. God indeed does...and did have His hand upon you and was watching over you. Thank you Jesus!

    A number of years back...while driving on the freeway my car started weaving out of control. I was panicked because I didn't know what to do. At that moment I heard someone say my name out loud. (I was in the car alone.) I then had the impression/picture of what actions I should take. I knew immediately that God had intervened and extended his grace and mercy to me.

    Thanks David...wonderful story.