I shared my testimony at The Gathering last Thursday and added to my story that even before I knew God, He was there protecting me... I had life-saving, emergency surgery at 3 days old to correct a mal-rotation of my intestines, which if I didn't have the surgery I would have surely died from malnutrition (since I was unable to keep any food down). And while the doctors had me open they removed my appendix which was on the wrong side.
What came to mind this morning was God's hands of protection around me one summer weekend afternoon while visiting family in Arizona as a young child. I recall splashing around in some running water across the street from my cousin's house to escape the heat of the hot desert sun! I, along with my sister and cousins kicked up the running water (where the sidewalk and pavement met) at one another laughing and cooling off at the same time. When all of a sudden we were across the street, 4 or 5 houses down the block, without a care in the world. Slowly driving toward us was a man in a brown sedan... something very suspicious stood out about this man. All my cousins and sister ran home before I knew what was going on. God made me aware that I was needing to find a safe haven, that this man could be dangerous so I ran to the nearest house! Ringing the doorbell and frantically knocking at a neighbor's door, I was shielded by tall trees that blocked the view from the street, but no one answered. I was so scared and didn't know what else to do...
I finally heard my aunt from across the street telling me it was safe to cross the street and come back home. As the story goes, all the kids ran home and told my aunt there was a car creeping down the block and I was still outside. She went outside to the edge of her lawn with hands on her hips, staring down the man in the car - daring him to be on his way!
There is more evidence in my life that God has always been there and it makes me wonder about the things I don't know that He has spared me and protected me from? If my life was a crime scene, I'm sure God's fingerprints would be all over my life!