Your Shield of Protection.

Updated: Sep 24, 2019


“God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.” - Psalms 18:30

I've made a lot of risky decisions in my life, but this goes down as one of the riskiest (and foolish) decisions I’ve ever made.


About seven years ago, I was on my way to an interview for my “dream job” at a notable fashion company. As I was getting on the train, my wallet and phone dropped out of my hands.


My phone balanced on the edge of the platform, and I quickly grabbed it. But my wallet slid between the platform and train and fell onto the tracks.


I hesitated for a moment because I needed my wallet, but I knew I couldn't be late for the interview. So I jumped on the train just as the doors were closing.


On average, It takes less than two minutes to get to the next train stop, so I had to quickly consider my options. I could leave my wallet on the train tracks and have an MTA worker get it later if my wallet is still there or go back and get it now.


I chose the latter.


When I got back to the platform where I dropped my wallet, I started looking down on the tracks to see if I could locate it. I noticed that people were staring at me, but I was on a mission!


The good news was I found my wallet. The bad news was I didn’t know how I was going to get it. If I call an MTA worker to get it, I'll be late for my interview.


The next train was coming in three minutes, and I had to be on it. I've seen someone safely jump down on this track before. I think I can get my wallet without dying.


There was only one solution that would get me to the interview on time, but it was risky. So, I did what you probably won't believe ... I jumped down on the tracks with my 4-inch heels on.


It was a reckless decision, but I didn’t know what else to do.


When I got down on the tracks, I grabbed my wallet and quickly realized I had another challenge—I couldn't get back up. Oh yeah, and the train was coming!!!!


I didn’t know that the train tracks were a lot further down than they appear to be. I felt like a tiny puppy trying to get out a bathtub.


Everyone on the platform was staring at me, but no one offered me a hand. Rather than panic again, I pulled my body up on the platform with all the strength I had in me—one leg at a time.


I made it ... that was close.


That was an experience that I will likely never repeat, but I did make it to the interview on time. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the job.


There are many warning signs in the subway stations in New York City that tell people to stay off the tracks. I learned a big lesson that day—warning signs are for our protection.


I don’t know about you, but there have been many times when I sensed God giving me a “warning sign” about a particular situation. And if I’m honest, there have also been many times when I’ve ignored those warning signs.


I thought I knew what was best for me, but I didn't—only God knows what’s best.


“God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.” - Psalms 18:30


Although being a Christian doesn’t exempt you from problems, God wants to shield you from any hurt, harm, or danger. That means shielding you from unnecessary pain and setbacks too.


Just as you recognize a friend’s voice, as you continue to spend time with God, you’ll learn to recognize His voice too. And as a result, you’ll know which paths He wants you to take.


It's important to pay attention to the warning signs that God presents to you. Even if it doesn't make sense at the time, He will never steer you the wrong way.


As any good father would, God wants to protect you more than anything. Ignoring His warning signs can often lead to painful circumstances, but trusting in Him always leads to victory.


If you put your trust in God and follow His promptings, you’ll be just fine. God is your shield of protection.


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- Mags

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