Friday, July 10, 2015

DEVOTION: Watching from on High ~ by Shirley Corder

The LORD watches over you. The LORD is like a shade tree at your right hand. The sun won't harm you during the day. The moon won't harm you during the night. The LORD will keep you from every kind of harm. He will watch over your life. The LORD will watch over your life no matter where you go, both now and forever. Psalms 121:5-8 NIrV
A few years ago, we were driving through a mountain pass in the beautiful Western Cape in South Africa. Suddenly my husband had to stomp on the brake as a baboon family scampered across the road.

Babies clung to their mothers' underbellies. Youngsters stopped to play, oblivious of traffic on the road. One curious little guy plonked down in the middle of the road and studied our car. Another jumped onto the front of the car and peered in the window before playing with the window-wipers.

Suddenly, a loud bark sounded from the top of the tree, and the animals scurried for the trees. The senior member of the troupe, perched atop the highest tree, was warning them of danger. Older and wiser than the rest, he recognized that what looked like fun to the youngsters was actually a situation they needed to avoid.

Baboons, or Bobbejaans, spend most of their day on the ground, only clambering up trees to find food, escape danger, or to sleep. Sometimes they prefer to spend their nights in high outcrops of rocks. The babies spend more time in the trees as they like to leap from tree to tree and play with one another.

Once the baboon patriarch cleared the road for us, we drove on our way. I thought of God, our Father, and how He watches over us at all times. I wonder how often he tells me to stay clear. Am I always as quick to obey?

Please put your answer into a comment box below.

SHIRLEY CORDER lives on the coast in South Africa with her husband, Rob. Her book, Strength Renewed: Meditations for your Journey through Breast Cancer contains 90 meditations based on her time in the cancer valley.

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  1. Yes, we need to keep our spiritual ears open and be ready to hear His voice. Thanks, Shirl.

  2. I'm glad the Lord watches over His people. Looking back over one's life it becomes somewhat clearer to see God's call or intervention. Also to notice the bruises caused by personal spiritual deafness. It's a constant responsibility to keep one's spiritual ears clean. Thanks Shirley.