Safe as sentinels

When the subject is safety, we sometimes think first of the people, places, and conditions that might do us harm. Who wouldn't want to be safe from robbers, dangerous roads, and toxic or contagious agents in the atmosphere? Specific threats call for specific protective actions, and prayer is an effective first resort when facing those kinds of challenges. I once faced a situation when all three of those concerns wrapped into one for me and two travel companions.

We were passengers in a car traveling on a narrow road in West Africa. As we wound our way through a dense section of bush that morning, we saw up ahead a felled tree blocking both lanes. We realized that the tree was a barricade—and that several men were waiting at it. The country was ruled at that time by a military dictator, and uncertainty was woven into the general mental atmosphere.

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