My daughter, Sarah, bought her first new car last year. She had survived her high school, college and graduate studies by driving around in “hand-me-down” vehicles. They went from Norwich to UConn to Iowa State and back many times. Her last car was our 2005 Toyota Corolla with over 250,000 miles. She and her younger sister swapped that one back and forth a few times.
Sarah and her mother scoured the internet and searched the local dealerships in looking for the perfect car. It had to have good mileage and a sporty look. She settled on a Subaru Crosstrek. She found one offered at a reasonable price in the online listing of a nearby dealership. My buddy, Ray, and I volunteered to go with her to make the deal.
Of course, they didn’t have the advertised vehicle. The good news: they just happened to have an upgraded version of the same vehicle, in the same color, available on the lot. As Sarah listened to their spiel, she locked onto the idea of the new “EyeSight” technology it offered. I didn’t think it was a big deal but Sarah was sold on it and bought it. It was a beautiful car and very safe.
So here is my confession. I learned how wonderful this technology was on our cross-country trip. I drove Sarah’s car. It was amazing. It slowed us down when we got caught in traffic and even brought the car to a complete stop once when the car in front of us stopped suddenly. It was like we had a set of eyes watching over us protecting us from harm.
That’s what having a guardian angel feels like. I know the car can’t protect you from everything, but the “EyeSight” technology helps. The same is true of God’s Word. The Psalmist says, “Oh how I love your law. I meditate on it all day long. Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies .... Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
The Bible is like a GPS system that guides us and keeps us on course. It helps us find our way in the dark of night. It keeps us going in the right direction when we have no idea where the road ahead leads. God’s Word warns us of hazards along the way and shows us where we can find rest when we get weary.
The Bible also tells us that God has his eyes on us. We get tempted and tried every day. There are lots of things that become stumbling blocks. Like the “EyeSight” feature, God tries to slow us down when we get going too fast. He offers us a hedge of protection in times of danger. He stands beside us. He wraps his arms around us and lets us know we’re not alone.
The good news is that this feature comes to all who trust the Lord. Psalm 145 says, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.” It is good to know that God is with us. We may not escape trouble, but when it comes, we will not be alone. He’ll be with us to guide and protect us.
The Rev. Cal Lord is pastor of Central Baptist Church in Westerly.