It only took 52 days for Nehemiah and the remnants of Judah to rebuild the entire wall around Jerusalem. Fifty-two days!
The Lord’s protection and power was evident in their speedy construction despite all the threats from the surrounding people who were worried that a rebuilt Jerusalem would lead to a ruthless kingdom…and His protection and power is evident today as well.
He protected the people in the church and he protected me by allowing that floor to fall out at a time when no one was in the building. Even the pastor was gone, away on a mission trip!
He protected one of my husband’s friends who was hit in the chest by a rocket propelled granade…that failed to explode.
He protected my dad whose car was hit by a runaway tire that came off an 18-wheeler.
He protected my daughter when she was in my womb, and I was in danger of having a miscarriage…when the doctor said she “wasn’t viable” according to the ultrasound…when the doctor said my pregnancy test was negative…
He protected us when gang members tried to break into our apartment shortly after we were married…while we were there!
The Lord’s protection is real. I felt it first-hand last week, and naturally my mind has been dwelling a bit on His provision. I guess He really isn’t finished with me yet! :o) This brings to mind Psalm 91:
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.