Friday, August 29, 2014

The God of Protection: Two People Shot at a Bus Stop, California

Yesterday afternoon, as I supervised a group of ten and eleven year olds, I heard a pop, pop, pop, pop sound (like firecrackers). It was consecutive and steady without hesitations. I turned my head in the direction of the sound and checked the time…2:02 p.m. I did not see anyone or anything. I surveyed the perimeter of the area in which the children were playing. I could hear sirens in the distance. The first police officer passed our location at 2:06 p.m. Where was he/she going? I continued to watch the borders of the play area and scan the park next door. Other than a few more police vehicles passing in different directions and the mail person, I did not see any other activity. But what was the popping I heard and from where did it come? The children and I went indoors.

I had no confirmation that my suspicion of shots fired was accurate until I got home. I am thankful to God, our sovereign King, that all children and innocent bystanders were safe. What would I have done to protect the kiddos had someone tried to enter the area in which we were doing activities? Who were these people at the bus stop and why did someone shoot at them? Was it a gang related incident? Did the shooter know the individuals or just randomly open fire?

I had no control or information about the situation. Yet, we were safe in the hands of Jesus. A hedge of protection (Job 1:10) was around us when we did not even realize we needed it! How great is our God?

1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

3For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
4He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

7A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.

9Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge—
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
12On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

14“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
(Psalm 91. ESV.)
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