“Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,
There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent. For He will give His angels charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways.” (Amplified Bible)
Many years ago, when our son was age two, Curt and I lived in a quad-type townhouse in Ft. Pierce, Florida (4 units per building). The whole structure was surrounded by concrete block privacy walls that opened onto an enclosed patio - one per unit. The townhouse neighborhood was not protected by any type of fence yet, being a brand new development in 1986. Our townhouse faced a city street and across the street from us were single family homes, mostly serene, with the exception of the one that faced our privacy wall. That older couple had a teenage grandson living them, and on the weekends that teenager held band practice in their garage.
Curt was working at WTVX then, anchoring the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts. With a toddler in the condo, I usually fell asleep before Curt would get home. One Friday night, that teenager across the street was having a rather loud party in his grandparents’ house. A pertinent detail here is that their driveway was across the street from our concrete privacy wall. Relieved that their noise had not awakened my toddler son, I tried to sleep, but could not. So I opened my Bible to Psalm 91 and read out loud: “There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your dwelling.” I repeated that verse over and over until I finally drifted off to sleep.
At 2:00 a.m. I heard a very loud crash. Curt and I bolted out of bed. What we saw was a bit shocking - a car from across the street had pummeled through our neighbor’s concrete wall into their patio - the patio right next to ours. Yes, a car from that teenage party. Happily, no one was hurt.
I thanked the Lord that the car had missed our dwelling. Naturally, I felt badly for our neighbors. However, I could not ignore this “coincidence” that the car had missed our patio/townhouse on the same day that I had read the Psalm 91 promises out loud. As you may have guessed, I do not believe in coincidences, just in the goodness of God.