Thursday, October 25, 2012

THANKFUL THURSDAY...our rear guard

I have been driving kids to school now for years. Not much has changed. You pull up in the drop off line, and quickly your kids jump out of the vehicle, and you carefully pull away.

This is my final year to drop kids off at school, and today was like all of the other days. I pull up, my daughter gets her backpack out of the backseat, I look in the rear view mirror to see if the traffic is clear, we say our quick goodbyes and I love yous, and off she goes. But something was different today.

I noticed a van pulled over to the side of the road. Out from the backseat emerged a tall girl, who stood at the side of the car as if waiting for something or someone. It only took a few moments for not one, but two more slightly smaller and younger girls to tumble out of the van. As the younger girls scurried onto the crosswalk, I noticed what the first girl did. She walked behind the two younger girls, keeping her hand upon their backpacks as if to steer them. Obviously, being the older and more responsible sibling, she felt the need to be the rear guard.

What a perfect picture of how God also protects us...

"But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard." Isaiah 52:12

Just as the older girl kept her hand on her younger sisters as they crossed the walkway, God's hand remains on us at all times. Not just in the crosswalk of life, but when the enemy lurks at our door, and when we encounter things we just simply do not understand.

God's hand not only guides us, but He protects our rear and enables us to be victorious. Today, I am thankful that He guides and protects me as I cross the streets of life.

What are you grateful for? Today I am hosting THANKFUL THURSDAY and would love to hear your grateful heart. Please link up with us below. Iris will be hosting TT next week for the month of November, see you there next week!


6 comments:

It Feels Like Chaos said...

You're right that is such a good picture of God guiding and protecting us!

Denise said...

Beautiful.

Kathleen said...

That is a wonderful example... I am so thankful I can just run to Him, at any time and He is there for me... Bless you :)

Rachel @myheartsmission said...

I think I commented on last Thursday's post- it is too early in the morning. :) I love this illustration, seeing God as watching our rear guard. He hems us in behind and before. God bless you.

martianne said...

What a wonderful moment you captured. :)

Kayla said...

Great reminder. :)