Kept Safe Though I Saw No Danger

July 17, 2018
by Rose DeShaw

Psalm 91:1-2 – Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare of the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. (NLT)

I was fifteen when I went out to work at a farm, far from home, cleaning and cooking for the harvest crews in the wheat fields. I had no knowledge of the facts of life, nor could I have known that the farmer was used to taking advantage of whatever girl was employed in this position when his wife was away.

One night as I was drifting off to sleep, I heard his footsteps on the stairs. At the same time, there came to me one of those spiritual nudges that God gives from time to time to those who love Him. I needed to get down on my knees and pray. As I began, I recited Psalm 91, which I knew by heart.

The door opened behind me as I continued to pray, not looking around as he stood there, watching. Then, without a word, he turned and went back, closing the door behind him. The next day, he complained to his wife about my work. So, she paid me and said that they wouldn't need me anymore.

It took me many years to realize all that I had been spared that night. Since then, whenever I read this psalm, I always remember that God physically rescued me, far from home, even though I had not known enough to be afraid. How different my life would have been if I had not had His protection. These old words promise that when we express our trust and faith, God will always be our refuge, even though we may not be aware of any danger.

Psalm 91:15 – When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. (NLT)

Prayer: Dear loving heavenly Father, we are so grateful for the psalmist who himself met trouble and danger throughout his life, yet praised Your blessings upon him and Your protection for him, time after time. Thank You for all Your centuries of faithfulness and kindness, for these Your promises to us, and for walking with us through the nights and days of the often-unexpected turns of our lives. Though trouble and danger may lie in wait on every side, still we are safe as we abide in Your love. Thank You, too, for teaching us and growing us up in this world so that we may share a renewed understanding with those around us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Rose DeShaw <rise370@gmail.com>
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good one Rose!


    Great message, Rose.


    Rose, praising God with you for your protection. Blessings.


    Thank you Rose. It is so good to hear about God’s protection.


    A narrow escape. God is good.
    Blessings.


    Oh Rose, I loved that devotional! and I love the psalm 91 scripture.
    Thank you for sharing with us.


    Praise God for His goodness to us! Thanks for sharing your experience of how God takes care of us. Blessings.


    Dear Rose:
    Thank you for your powerful words of testimony. Praise the Lord for your safety! God is great all the time.


    Thank you so much for your devotional!
    What strength you received from that scripture and from God.!
    I am blessed by your story.
    Blessings on you!


    Dear Rose,
    Thank you for sharing this with us. God indeed protects us daily and we need to be thankful for this blessing as we sometimes blindly put ourselves in dangerous situations.


    Hi Rose
    Isn’t that sad and evil for that farmer to try and take advantage if you. Too bad you couldn’t have taken action against him. Men like that make me SICK.
    God is good.
    Blessings.


    Greetings Rose,
    Thank you for writing this morning’s devotional. A very powerful expression of the assurance of our Lord’s constant love and care for us.
    Blessings,
    (B.C.)


    Rose, thank you for sharing your story.
    What a powerful message. It has really moved me.
    I volunteer at a women’s emergency shelter in my city. Your experience really touched me and I am going to share it.
    Thanks and blessings to you.


    Hi Rose,
    Thank you for your devotional this morning, The psalms are such a great inspiration on so many occasions, there are several which I think about, talk about, and cite on different occasions, and like you say, the people who wrote these had lots of problems on occasion but they always remembered that God was with them.
    Blessings.


    Rose, I thoroughly enjoyed this devotional. It was a treat to open it this morning and read something written by someone at home.
    Thank you.
    Again, I am intrigued by the adventures you have had in life and the lessons that you share from these events.
    Blessings.


    Hi.
    Your devotional message reminds me of another powerful assurance God gave to Moses and Joshua and now, through the Holy Spirit, gives to us as His children. I have been facing a lot of difficult situations lately that have threatened to fill me with fear. Then our wonderful loving Lord gave me this powerful scripture message.
    “I Am .!!” He thus reminded me that I have all I need for today because as the great I AM, He is with me NOW to provide aIl I need in Him. And in that brief exclamation we find all the love and assurance we will ever need.
    Thanks for your powerful reminder. it underlined the Lord’s message to me.


    Wow! Thanks Rose… a great illustration of the power of prayer on our knees – even the sight of it powerful enough to change a person’s evil thoughts!!
    Blessings.


    Dear Rose,
    When I was ten years of age I had a very frightening experience.
    Our neighbour had asked my mother if she would do a favour and asked me run over and get the information.
    What the man did next was very frightening. He began to molest me, and to draw me to himself, forcing himself onto me. I knew that I was in danger even though I did not know understand why he was doing this
    I never told anyone until many years later when I told my husband.
    I was filled with hate and anger and also fear, and I felt so ashamed.
    I always questioned God, why He had allowed that to happen to me.
    I will not ever know but have trusted God that he knew and comforted me.
    I know that many worse things have happened to other girls.
    May God bless you.


    Dear Rose,
    How wonderfully God saves us when we are putting our trust in him, and even when we are not aware that he is going ahead of us in his protection of us.
    May he continue to call young men and women, and older men and women, to walk the narrow way in life and enjoy his care and protection and share in the protecting of others.
    May you, God, continue to be gracious and give protection even when the ones You are protecting are not being as cautious as they might be.
    Thank you for daring to write as you have done – giving God glory for your protection.
    We praise God for his grace.
    Amen.
    Keep writing.


    Dear Rose,
    Thank you very much for this message.
    How sad it must be for you to go such a severe trial.
    We never know what will allow in our lives but we do know that His strength is always sufficient for us.
    May His peace and love sustain you.

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