BALTIMORE, MD. The sky
turned an eerie gray. Soon, our windshield wipers couldnt keep
pace with the heavy rain. Gutters flowed like streams, and puddles
became small pools.
The sound of rain peppering our
car put my daughter to sleep. Meanwhile, I was anxious to get home
and out of the rain. Suddenly I felt compelled to exit the highway.
"Erin-Rae," I said, "wake up, honey. Lets walk
through a store for a little while and then well head home."
I sensed the detour might be at
the direction of the Holy Spirit. Thirty minutes later, we hopped
back on the highway. But traffic was now at a crawl. A semi-truck
had overturned and cars had collided.
Fire engines, ambulances and squad
cars encircled the scene of the accident, and paramedics huddled around
victims. "Lord, help these people," I whispered, as a police
officer waved us ahead through a maze of flares.
When I saw the mangled truck,
I knew God had indeed protected us. At one time, just before stopping,
we had been following that same truck.
If you are a follower of Jesus
Christ, you can rest assured the God of the universe is watching out
for you. The God who raised Jesus from the grave has the power to
keep you from harm and give you eternal life.
Romans 8:11 says, "And if
the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you,
he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal
bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you" (NIV).
At Easter we celebrate a risen
Savior. We acknowledge the greatness of God and thank Him for the
gift of eternal life. And we lift our voices in praise to the Heavenly
Father who watches out for us every day rain or shine.