I want to share with you my Praise story. This is a page in my art journal:
The lyrics are from part of one of my favorite Casting Crowns' songs as follows:
I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining
As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away
And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm
This song became literal for me a few weekends ago. As my husband and I were driving through New England to my Birthday getaway at a Bed and Breakfast in Maine, what was light snow soon became a full-out sleety blizzard. As cars were slowing down we found ourselves flanked on all sides. 2 years ago I would have been nagging my husband about his driving but instead I prayed fervently for God to send him wisdom and discernment. We hit a patch of ice and our car spun out of control, making 2 360 degree turns and landing on the other side of the road, facing traffic. My husband was able to quickly drive the car back unto the road. How did we not hit any of those cars?
About 45 minutes later, at a pace a tortoise could outrun, we were driving with 2 18-Wheelers too close for comfort behind us and to the side of us. We hit another ice patch and again did a 360 degree turn. As I held the safety bar, I did not feel scared but I waited for the crash. Once again, we were completed unharmed and protected. The car was fine.
There can be no other explanation than God's protection. We are blessed to be alive and unharmed and having caused no harm to anyone else on the road. I just had to share my story.
Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell
of all his wonderful acts!