"The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night." Psalm 121:5,6
On Saturday, September 17, the Seaside Semper Five 5k race in Seaside Park, New Jersey, was set to begin at 9:00 a.m. But, as sometimes happens, many runners waited until the last minute to sign up for the race causing an unexpected delay to accommodate the influx of registrants. It seems that unplanned delay may have been just the thing that saved scores of people from injury as a homemade bomb exploded at 9:35 a.m. around mile one on the out-and-back course. Reflecting back later, race director Frank Costello said, “As a race director, you don’t ever like to have delays. But in this case, the way it turned out ... I think God was really watching out for us.”
Indeed God was watching out for them. In fact, the Bible tells us that, "The Lord himself" watches over you and me both day and night. Isn't it awesome to know that we have a God who loves us so much that He would personally care to guard and protect us? And those unplanned and unexpected delays? The times when you turn around because you forgot your lunch? Or you are five minutes late because you misplaced your keys? Or accidentally forgot to set your alarm and wake up late? Those "unplanned delays" are many times the very things God uses to keep us in a safe place and away from danger.
So the next time you're stuck in traffic, running late or running behind, resist the urge to complain or get upset but choose to thank God instead. It could just be that your "unplanned delay" was all in God's plan of watching over you.
Heavenly Father, thank you for these reminders of why some things happen and that you are always watching over us. Help us to remember that you love us so much that you would plan delays, diversions and distractions in our lives to put us where we need to be to stay safe. It's in your precious name we pray, Jesus. Amen.