I recently took my cell phone into service. The young woman who helped was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and within an hour, we had resolved most of our problems. The conversation and interaction was lighthearted and at the end, she thanked us for coming in and making the experience a pleasurable one. I was amused by her comment and asked her, “Do you ever get customers who get very angry and violent?”
Her eyes widened, “Oh yes. We have security remove them.”
“Really?” I shot her a puzzled look. “I didn’t see any in the store.”
She lowered her voice and smiled, “The security are disguised!”
“Wow!” I exclaimed. “Just like federal air marshals on an airline flight!”
“Yup,” she said, searching the floor space. “I see two of them right now!”
Interesting! I left the store with renewed confidence that I was protected and secure, even if I did not know the location and identity of my protectors.
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.
Proverbs 15:3 (ESV)
This incognito security force reminded me of God’s providence and protection in my life. There have been many times when I felt abandoned or endangered and God has responded by bringing a Christian brother or sister with an uplifting word or kind act. It happened on a random taxi cab ride in Denver, Colorado. I was interviewing for my pathology residency and arrived the weekend before my Monday interview. I did not know anyone and was feeling lonely. As I was being driven by a taxi driver, we engaged in a friendly conversation and discovered we were both Christian believers. He introduced me to his Christian brothers and sisters who took me to church the next day and invited me to a lunch.
God is always present. Protecting, comforting, and guiding. I may not see His presence, but He is always there, working through the Body of Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.