Last night we were driving some friends to the airport. We went as a family rather than have Gary drive home by himself; he insisted on it and in fact it was rather better than three of us staying home. It gave all of us a chance to fellowship, which is an opportunity that should rarely be dismissed. The usual semi-frantic nature of getting down there wasn't an issue, because they would be staying in a motel overnight to get a very early start the next day.
On our way back, discussion turned to our handling of money, and though I have not been worrying about it in any primarily noticeable way (Gary's been between jobs for a while, and God has provided amazingly), still sometimes that little fear monster, just a small one, pokes out its head. I was scolding one of us for a cavalier attitude toward our finances--the desire for a splurge on the way home. Well, it's not that I haven't splurged now and then...just the other day Katie, Tim and I split a nice Chinese lunch (they're always so big!) at Haggens for an after-Bible Study lunch. Haggens is on the pricey side. Anyway, there I was last night, rather fretting.
Don't misinterpret. We're going to do fine for quite a while still, by the look of things. It doesn't make sense as far as I can figure, but we will.
At one point on the drive when someone nearly collided with us, Tim asked some questions about angels, like whether we have guardian angels, and the verse about how He will give His angels charge over us came out in the conversation. I do feel confident that by God's grace, we have an abundant protection, that nothing will happen to us that isn't for our good, whether it feels like it or not at the time; this is a point to rely on since every time that we have been without health insurance coverage we've had no major health problems. We seem healthier without it!
Anyway, when we got to Marysville, Gary went into Albertsons BECU to deposit his check (he's been working as a temporary, putting together cardboard displays for Nintendo and doing related things, and very much enjoying the diversion of it). Katie went into the store with him, and Tim being tired wanted to stay in the van, so he and I stayed. He told me he had something we could do in his bag. I was skeptical; he had recently re-found his Star Wars book and I thought it would be something of that sort. It wasn't to be! He pulled out a small New Testament that he had been given a couple of years ago. It includes Psalms and Proverbs. I said, stupidly, "It's too dark to read it." (I realize now that if I was determined, I could have eliminated that hurdle.) No problem. He pulled out his 7-way tool that I'd given him at Christmas. It had a little blue flashlight at one end of it. Without yet being able to see, I started trying to figure out where in the Book I would turn. I could make out where Psalms were, but not which psalm I was turned to. Tim turned the light on and we read Psalm 91. This isn't one that I could say until yesterday, "Oh, I love that psalm" because until then I wouldn't have known which one it was and known its content. Now, though, thanks to Tim's little NT, it's spoken to me and I know it. We read the following; even today it chokes me up reading His promises. It's worthwhile to include the whole thing.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!"
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions,
and under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and a bulwark.
You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
or of the arrow that flies by day;
Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side
and ten thousand at your right hand,
but it shall not approach you.
You will only look on with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
For you have made the LORD, my refuge,
even the Most High, your dwelling place.
No evil will befall you,
nor will any plague come near your tent.
For He will give His angels charge concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
They will bear you up in their hands,
that you do not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and the cobra,
the young lion and the serpent
you will trample down.
Because he has loved Me,
therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high,
because he has known My Name.
He will call upon Me, and I will answer him.
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue and honor him.
With a long life I will satisfy him,
and let him see My salvation.