Divine Protection

by | Apr 27, 2010 | Food for Thought | 2 comments

 

ANOTHER WORD FOR “luck” IS “GRACE”

 

How do we known when we are Divinely protected?

Is it just a matter of viewpoint, or is Divine Protection real?

About 6 years ago, a very dear and generous friend gave me a very old, comfortable Buick Le Sabre with 35,000 miles on it. This is the perfect car for me, as I love and appreciate old, worn in, comfortable things. I wear clothes I love until they practically disintegrate. And I prefer to repair things rather than replace them. So this car was a dream come true for me.

Travel forward in time with me to yesterday.

Yesterday, I made my first visit in many years to the huge Westfarms Mall in West Hartford Connecticut. I’m very uncomfortable in these big malls and avoid them whenever possible, but I have “graduated” to needing prescription glasses, and went to the optical store in J. C. Penny’s for my first experience purchasing several pairs.

When I got back into my car, I began weaving my way through the intricate loops and twists of the parking lot maze, heading, eventually, back to the main road. As I approached the first stop sign in this meandering, I stepped on the brake. This created an odd sensation I was not prepared to experience: the brake pedal descended straight to the floor. Because I was driving uphill toward the Stop sign, the car easily stopped.

Talk about protection!

  • I was going up hill.
  • There were no other cars around.
  • I was going slowly.

And in that moment, the brake lines broke and fluid poured out onto the road.

Many years ago, I had another Buick, that time a Skylark. I kept that car going for 15 years. I named it “Bionic Buick” when both the motor and transmission were rebuilt. That car had over 150,000 miles on it before it disintegrated.

“Bionic Buick” and I had many adventures together. In one adventure, I was driving on a back road, flat surface, approaching a stop sign, no other cars around. I rolled up to the stop sign and hit brakes – which no longer worked because the brakes lines were broken. Divine Protection had once again made sure I was out of traffic, travelling slowly, and on a flat surface.

Again, I was protected!

  • I was on a back road.
  • I was on flat ground.
  • I was the only car there.
  • I was moving slowly.

As if this isn’t enough protection, the Ford Taurus I had between the two Buicks also lasted longer than most people keep a car – can’t remember exactly, but about 12 years. Again, I was fully protected when driving this car. During its elder years, I pulled into the driveway at the barn where Echo lived and proceed to park. Suddenly, I couldn’t steer – a tie rod had snapped and one front wheel was no longer connected to the steering wheel. When the repair man looked at it, he said it broke in a very odd place. Good thing I wasn’t driving even at 30 mph when this happened.

Talk about protection!

  • I was off the road.
  • I was parking the car.
  • I was moving at about 1 mph.

So I am clearly Blessed and Divinely Protected, and I know it.

If I needed any more proof, I would be a fool.

Some years ago I realized that “luck” is really “grace” – a Divine gift. Giving thanks – showing appreciation and gratitude – brings more Grace into our lives.

“Thank you, Oh Divine Lord, for all the Grace and other Divine Gifts you have sent and continue to send into my life.
It is SO appreciated!”

Namaste,
Nedda

p.s. – Please comment by sharing a bit of the Divine Grace in your life.  We all will receive some of that Grace just by reading about it.  Thanks.

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2 Comments

  1. Ann

    Nedda, thank you so much for this reminder of Divine Grace. I will keep it close and repeat your prayer often. First, I am so happy that you were saved by Divine Grace. Second, that you realized and appreciated that this was Divine Grace and not just “luck.” And third, that you shared your experiences and gave us the reminder to recognize Divine Grace however it appears in our lives and to express our gratitude always. I do believe that the more we recognize these gifts and express gratitude, the more we receive.

    Blessings,

    Ann

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  2. Brigitte

    Nedda,
    Thank you for sharing your experiences! It seems to me that there might be another message here as well: keep it slow. If you move slowly and steadily, you don’t have to break down to come to a full stop. You can stop (and rest) easily on your own. In these hectic times, most of us need that kind of reminder as well.
    Bright Blessings,
    Brigitte
    PS: in a newer car, you’d know your breaks have failed because you wouldn’t be able to put it into gear without stepping on them 😉

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