Monday nights I go to Bible school and I absolutely love it. However, as most of you know during my last year of college I was called "Grandma Tate", when I moved to Liberty I was called "Granny Tate", and now in Louisiana they call me "Maw Maw Tate". What's the point? I typically go to bed early. As I was getting in my car to head home I had a weird thought cross my mind, "What if I get tired and run off the road?". Now I know that seems just morbid, but my drive back to Ville Platte is on not very busy roads that are quite dangerous if you're tired. Of course when I had the thought, I did what we should do with such thoughts, I spoke against it, I said God I thank you that you protect me and that I will stay awake and alert on the drive home.
I got in the car and about 30 minutes into the drive became quite tired, so I CRANKED up "Jesus Be the Center" by Israel Houghton and started jamming. That worked for a few minutes, but then I started to fade again, so I switched songs to one that has really been impacting me the last few days ("Names of God" check it out if you've never heard it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5-6gwssX0Y ) As I was singing along to the song I sang "Jehovah Shammah the Lord is there" as soon as I said the words I felt something in my Spirit not feel quite right. I've learned from past experience that when I feel that and I'm driving, the best thing to do is just to pull over and ask the Holy Spirit what He's trying to say.
I slowed down quite a bit preparing to stop ahead and as I came around the corner a deer darted out from the woods and stopped in the road. I was able to hit my breaks and honk my horn in plenty of time for it to finally run off the road. So you think that would be the end of the story... but no. A few minutes later basically the same situation presented itself, I'm driving, I feel uneasy, I slow down, and yet again nearly miss getting in a wreck.
Tonight I'm thankful that God is Jehovah Shammah, the Lord that is there. Yes, tonight He was my protector, many times He's Jehovah Jireh my provider, Jehovah Rapha He's my healer, Jehovah Shalom my peace, but tonight I realized He is always there. He is always Jehovah Shammah. Sometimes we just need to remember that when the whole world walks out on us, God is still there. When things seem impossible, you serve a God who uses impossibilities for miracles. When you're discouraged you serve a God who took the care upon Himself. When it seems like no one understands, you serve a God who sees all, knows all, and cares about every detail of your life. When you feel weak, you serve a God who says in your weakness He will prove Himself strong. When you feel abandoned, remember He is faithful even if you are faithless. It does not matter what you need, He is the I AM and He will prove that He is... All that you will ever need.
What season of life are you in? He is Jehovah Shammah. He is there. I'm reminded of Psalm 139:7 " Where can I go from Your Spirit and where can I flee from Your presence?". He goes on to say whether here, or here, or here, "even there your hand will guide me and Your right hand will hold fast to me" (Ps. 139:10) It does not matter what type of situation you are in, He is there and He will prove Himself faithful to you. As a child of God, you are guaranteed that your Father will never leave you, He is there. He will be Jehovah Nissi, Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Rapha, Jehovah Tsidkenu, Alpha, Omega, He is there and He will protect you.
Be Blessed, J. Tate