Undeserved protection

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from troubles and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:7


“Come see what God did for us,” my husband said. A classic Midwest thunderstorm raged outside—complete with roaring thunder, pounding hail and close lightening. The storm woke both of us in the middle of the night.

I followed him downstairs thinking the damage we were spared couldn’t have been too bad because his voice remained steady. Yet, I was uneasy.

Looking out our downstairs window, I saw our big tree toppled over the street like a fallen giant. It had taken two tall pine trees down with it, and amazingly, they had all fallen away from the house.

After a phone call, the street crew arrived with a bulldozer. They pushed the tree and its debris away from the road and onto the sidewalk.

The next morning we got a closer look at the fallen trees. The angle of the big tree’s break told us it should have hit our house—but it didn’t. Instead, it fell in the opposite direction. I can only imagine the damage that giant tree could have done!

God spared us. The tree was old and we knew it needed to come down. We had even gotten an estimate from a tree removal company, but dragged our feet as we dealt with what we thought were other priorities.

Our gracious God protected our home—and possibly our lives—when we didn’t deserve it.

Thank you, Lord. Thank you for protecting us from trouble and granting deliverance in the middle of a Midwest thunderstorm.


About Patty Perkins

I'm Patty, writer of the devotional blog, Beside Quiet Waters. I love writing, reading and taking long walks with my camera. I've been married to my loving husband for 32 years and we have two grown sons. I am thankful for a place to spill ink, in hopes of encouraging others to find daily hope and inspiration in God's Word. View all posts by Patty Perkins

2 responses to “Undeserved protection

  • scriptordeus

    Something similar happened to us recently. We live in a densely populated community where we experienced the near miss of a tornado. The wind was fierce, uprooting and breaking off large trees in numbers, but none hit homes or even vehicles. Truly the hand of God guiding and protecting!

  • Patty Perkins

    So glad you were protected. It sure makes one thankful! My prayers go out to those enduring natural disasters in our country and around the world.

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