Wednesday, May 29, 2013

There's Life Saving Power in His Name

2 Timothy 4:17 (NLT)

But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength so that I might preach the Good News in its entirety for all the Gentiles to hear. And he rescued me from certain death.

Driving out of control in a van carrying 2 of the greatest gifts with which God has entrusted children. Barreling down the road, the engine revving, the van building up speed. Careening along a narrow bridge over a large body of water, not able to stop. Pumping the brakes, slamming on the brakes, stomping on the emergency brake. No response. Runaway vehicle. Going faster...and FASTER...AND FASTER... We. Are. Going. To. CRASH!!!

I lift up my eyes to the mountains - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. 

(Psalm 121:1-8 - NIV)

Frantically calling my husband, screaming into the phone..."John, I can't stop the car! I can't stop the car! What Do I Do?!? What Do I Do?!? I CAN'T STOP THE CAR!!!" Thinking for one split second that this could be the last time I would speak to my husband. The last image that he would have of me and our children...screaming...panicking. I am crying out to God, "Jesus please help us! Jesus please help us! J E S U S PLEASE HELP US!!! 

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the 
God of Jacob protect you. (Psalm 20:1 - NIV)

It's 90 seconds of sheer terror that I pray no other mother, no other father, no other person will ever have to live through. 90 seconds that I pray my children can forget. But as traumatizing as it was, it showed me up close and in a very personal way, how God can and does still work miracles in our lives. It showed me the power of calling on the name of Jesus.

"Because he loves me," says the Lord, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. (Psalm 91:14 - NIV)

The phone drops, my husband is no longer there. It's now just my children, me and God. "Jesus please help us! Jesus please help us," I scream as I am clutching the steering wheel. We make it over the bridge. Now driving on the bumpy shoulder of the road just trying to slow down my car as it continues to try to pick up speed. I see a truck at a stop sign just ahead, right in our path. I am going to hit it...HONK, HONK, HOOOONNNNNKKKKK. OUT OF THE WAY!!! I'm out of control! Do I not believe my God can do ANY and EVERYTHING? That all power is in His hands? Did I not believe that my God could save us from drowning in fear and doubt?

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7 - KJV)

And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39 - KJV)

Yes, I have faith that He Can Do ALL Things!!! I can't hit the truck. I must hit something to stop the van. I see a pole, I see a metal sign. But something (Someone) says, "No. Keep going." Something (Someone) tells me to turn. I yank the wheel. I'm turning to the right. No idea where I'm going and what will meet me there. A 90 degree turn at 30 miles per hour in a van with my children, who are frightened and the 5 year old who just wants me to "Stop, Mommy!"

The Lord protects those of childlike faith; I was facing death, and he saved me. (Psalm 116:6 - NLT)

Oh there's power in the name of Jesus, whether it's whispered, spoken in hallowed tones, or shrieked...there is power in that name, and during those moments, those 90 seconds, all I knew to say over...and over...and over was, "JESUS HELP US!!!" Then impact. We hit a small tree and mowed it down, then another, then W H A M, slammed into a 7 foot hedge and the van jerks to a stop. Smoke shoots out, van still humming, but we’ve stopped. I jump out of the van, pull our 5 year old out of his car seat and check to see if he’s okay. Before I can get our 1 year old out, a man comes and asks if we’re okay and helps me get the baby out. He’s the same man in the truck at the stop sign.    

My children are crying out of fear, but my weeping has turned to humbled awe and pure gratitude. I'm grateful that my children are not hurt, grateful that our van did not flip over, grateful, so very grateful that the good Lord wrapped us in His grace and mercy and allowed us to survive. And YES...Grateful for that hedge. That hedge, taking on the physical form of the hedge of protection that my husband and I often pray around our family and around our home, and around our vehicles.

So again I say, there is power in the name of Jesus! I've always known it, but it's a truth that I am sharing at every opportunity I get and telling everyone I know. Power in His name, and grace and mercy in His hands. 

And if Jesus can save my children and me from this sort of danger, what can our God NOT do? Is there anything in YOUR life through which God cannot deliver you? NO. Our God can do ALL things we just must believe in our deliverance. God can protect our families. God can heal our bodies and our minds. God can restore our marriages and our families. God can help us find a job. God can help us release those things in our lives that keep us in bondage...debt, substance abuse, fornication. God can save your life. 

Can you pray with me?

"Heavenly Father...thank you. Thank you for being so good and kind and faithful. Thank you for being our provider, our comforter, our healer, our deliverer, our protector, our father, our friend. Thank you for restoration. I just thank you for loving me. I love you too Jesus, and I want to live my life in service to you. In Jesus' mighty name, Amen."

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