Safe on a road trip

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I’ve always considered safety a combination of two principles – protection, which I’ve come to see is God’s constant love for us; and wisdom, which is showing love for God by trusting divine direction. In other words, as one loves God more, one increasingly expresses wisdom in both prayer and action.

Several years ago, I was faced with a situation in which I believe listening to God kept me (and others involved) safe from danger. I was driving back to my college in Illinois with a friend following in her car—a normally uneventful cross-country trip. On the second day, however, we suddenly found ourselves in an unexpected ice storm and blizzard.

I immediately prayed for the safety of everyone on the road, knowing that God’s protection was ever present and always active in every situation. As I clung to my steering wheel, something from the book of Genesis in the Bible came to me: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion … .” I realized instantly that there was no situation that was out of God’s domain, and as the image and likeness of God, I had spiritual dominion over my life and any situation I found myself in.

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