911. What Is Your Emergency?
by Beverly Brown, Set Me Free Ministries Prayer Coordinator
Have you ever had to call 911 for an emergency situation and heard the voice at the other end ask, "911. What is your emergency?" That is never a situation you want to find yourself in, and yet it is comforting to know that there is someone who is waiting at a call center to dispatch an emergency crew to your location.
I have found myself in many situations where I've needed emergency help of a spiritual sort. It is at those times when I pick up my Bible instead of the phone and turn to Psalm 91:1: "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." Verse 2 goes on to say: "I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.'"
It has been at those times that God, who is in a call center of sorts, dispatches His own special emergency crew to come to my aid. Let me share in this short blog, just two of those 911 calls I've made to God and how He has answered.
The first one happened several years ago on a trip to Keystone, Colorado. We used to vacation there quite often when the kids were younger. On one of these trips, we decided to head over to Vail and took a gondola to the top of the mountain. It appeared to be a beautiful, sunny day, and we enjoyed the beauty of the landscape beneath us. But soon after exiting from the gondola, we noticed some clouds rolling in. Since we were now at the top of the mountain, they seemed much too close. One of the employees came over to us and informed us that a storm was coming in quickly and if we wanted to get down the mountain, we needed to leave immediately. Once the storm hit, they would need to shut down the gondola indefinitely.
Our kids quickly made the decision to leave. Despite the fact that we had just arrived, we got back on the gondola and headed down. What we didn't realize was we were the very last family to get on that descending gondola. We were about halfway down when we found ourselves at a standstill, sending our daughter, Joy, into a panicked state. By this time, the storm was closing in quickly, and the winds began to toss our little gondola about from side to side. Our son, who hadn't been worried at all, now began to join Joy in her panic.
Ah, but I was prepared. I got out the little Bible that Stephanie had given me a few years prior. I took it everywhere with me for just such emergencies. I opened it and began to read Psalm 91. When I got to verses 11 and 12, I paused and asked them if they'd heard what I'd just read. "For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won't even hurt your foot on a stone." God knew where we were even if whoever had his hand on the gondola switch had no idea we were still dangling in midair, about 50 feet above ground, in a blowing wind with lightning striking all around us. He would send His angels to watch over us, protect us, and keep our feet from being injured on all that mountain stone staring us in the face!
And He did just that. Joy asked her dad, who just happened to be wearing a bright red shirt, to take it off and wave it in the air so they could see us. I told her I didn't think it would do any good, but her dad obliged. He waved that bright red shirt in the air, and it was shortly after that they started the gondola and brought us down safely. Was it the shirt, or was it the scripture? I don't know, but does it matter? God showed us through His word that He always knows right where we are. He has His angels guarding us.
The second story happened more recently on a trip with my sister to see family in the Seattle area. We were driving along a beautiful scenic route and spotted a mountain. (Maybe I should just avoid mountaintop experiences!) We knew we were low on gas but decided we would head up the mountain and get the gas later, as dusk was approaching. So, we did just that. But as we were heading back down, our car kept stalling. We would drive a few feet and stall. We decided it must be because our fuel was so low, and on the steep hill, our tank registered empty.
We were starting to become concerned, because the sun was setting quickly. So, you know what I did? I got out the same little Bible and began to read Psalm 91. I read it all the way through this time, pausing on verses 14 and 15. "The Lord says, "I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.'" We prayed, and I asked my sister to start the car up again. We made it down the mountain safely with no problems.
Some may just say both of those incidents were just coincidences, but I don't think so. You decide . . .