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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Thursday, March 14, 2019

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You preserve my life. You stretch out Your hand against the anger of my foes; with Your right hand you save me.” — Psalm 138:7

God’s Protection

Three years ago, I received a call that no parent wants to get. My son, Danny, had an accident and was rushed to the hospital with a possible head injury. When I got there, he was completely out of it, neck brace on and what seemed like hundreds of tubes in his body. He became a bit delusional and panicky, trying to get off his bed. As the doctors were trying to administer meds to calm him down, they asked me to hold him down. Despite my reassurance that it was gonna be OK and that I loved him, he cried out and said, “Daddy, why are you letting them do this to me?”

Those words crushed my heart even though I knew he wasn’t coherent. All I was trying to do was protect the person I love most.

This situation made me reflect on all the times I wondered where God was in my life when I was dealt pain and hurt. Why did I have to endure some of the things I experienced? As I look back now on all of those situations, I see God wasn’t allowing them to hurt me, He was protecting me from further pain. He has always been there right beside us, and will remain there all the days of our lives. 

I want to encourage you today to give thanks to God for protecting us from things we can’t see. Protecting us from mistakes that could have lifetime repercussions, relationships that could have become toxic, jobs that could have folded, friendships that could have led us astray.

We serve a loving Father who always has our best interest in mind. We may not see some of the things we want transpire, or some of our prayers answered. But those unanswered prayers have shielded us from more than we can ever imagine. Thank you, Lord.

— Erik Olson, Pass the Rock Ministries founder

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