“JESUS . . . Something Happens” by Linda Elms.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
In January 2010 while visiting with our son Andrew and his wife, Mandy, they told us the story of our little three-year-old granddaughter, Ashlyn, almost being hit by a car the week before. They had moved into their new house, and Mandy was in the garage emptying boxes when she saw Ashlyn start running across the road to her friends. At that moment, out of the corner of Mandy’s eye she saw a Suburban driving rather fast toward her baby daughter. It all happened so quickly that she couldn’t get to Ashlyn quick enough. Fear gripped Mandy, and she fell to her knees screaming “J-E-S-U-S!”
When she looked up, she saw the most beautiful sight she could ever see. Ashlyn came around the car crying, and holding her hands out saying, “Car, car.” Mandy said her little hands were dirty, and all they can figure out is she touched the car as it came to a stop! In her fear of seeing her baby hit, Mandy said, “I was so scared I did not know what I was saying.” Andrew said, “When I came out of the house, I heard Mandy screaming, ‘JESUS, JESUS, JESUS.’ I then found her kneeling on the grass.” In her desperation, Mandy knew the name to call.
As we listened to this story, my mind raced back to the same week when I felt impressed to pray for “the kids.” I was in bed, about to go to sleep, when I felt a strong impression to pray. I didn’t get up and go into travailing prayer, but simply prayed. “Jesus, please keep your hand on Jonathan and Brenda. Be with Andrew and Mandy. Lord, protect Savanna and Alayna as they go to school. Keep them from harm and danger. And Lord, take care of Scarlet and Ashlyn. I plead Your blood over them, in Jesus Name.”
As I finished praying, a foreboding thought crossed my mind. What would we do with Mandy if something happened to one of the girls? Then I said, “God, that just can’t happen!” After praying, I turned over and went to sleep as I placed my trust in Jesus, our Protector.
The song “Something Happens” tells a truth we all have come to love.
About Your name
When I mention Your name.
There is protection in the name of Jesus. I’ve called Him many times through life, and He was always there.
(From: Ladies Prayer Intl December 2020 – UPCI LM – firstname.lastname@example.org)