Protection in the Storm

by Melissa Heiland

Our son, Josh, was stationed in Minot, North Dakota and so we packed up the younger children, left our home in sunny Florida, and flew north for a visit.

When we landed in North Dakota, we were met with ice and snow and temperatures colder than we had ever experienced. Josh met us at the airport, and we all piled into his truck for a three-hour trip to his home.

The roads were treacherous, but Josh seemed confident as he braved the storm. Suddenly, Josh lost control of the vehicle, and we began to spin on the highway. The truck turned 360 degrees and crashed into a snowbank.

As we were spinning, in what seemed like slow motion, Josh remained calm and my husband quietly repeated, “We’re ok. We’re ok.” When the truck hit the snowbank, we took a collective breath and realized that we were, in fact, ok.

A highway patrolman quickly came to our aid and got us out of the snowbank. We told him where we were headed, and he advised us to get off at the next exit, because the roads were too dangerous to navigate. We heeded his advice, took the next exit and found a hotel to spend the night.

Later that evening, we were watching the news and learned that a 100 car pile-up occurred minutes after we had exited the highway at the very place where we would have been had we not listened to the advice of the officer. We thanked the Lord for His protection.

So often when our plans are thwarted, we become frustrated. We fail to recognize that God is often protecting us from unknown dangers. He is a good Father, always loving, guiding, protecting. I am thankful that He protected my family that fateful winter day, and that He continues to protect us each day.

He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Melissa Heiland is the Founder and President of Beautiful Feet International, a mission organization that plants pregnancy ministries around the world. She is an international speaker and author who is passionate about mommies, babies and sharing the Gospel. She has written devotionals for pregnant moms, new mothers and short-term mission teams, as well as a children’s book based on Psalm 139. She and her husband Ken have 6 children and 5 grandchildren.

Part devotional, part pregnancy journal, A Mother’s Journey has forty chapters that correspond with each week of pregnancy, offering comfort and spiritual guidance to those facing challenges. Each week’s reading includes Scripture verses and a journal prompt, as well as information about your baby’s development at various stages to help you get to know the little one growing inside you. A Mother’s Journey is a great resource to help you connect deeper with your baby, yourself, and your heavenly Father.

Join the conversation: Have you ever discovered that you have been protected from an unknown danger? Please share!


2 thoughts on “Protection in the Storm

  1. Thank you for sharing, Melissa. Your story reminds me to think of how many things God did protect me from but I’ll never know this side of heaven. It’s sad when I think God allowed a certain hard time and then think, “See, He never protects me.” Of course, that’s not true. I just didn’t know what I was protected from. So your story is a great reminder.


  2. Your observation is so true. I can think of many times God has protected me and my family. I am so thankful. Thanks, Melissa.


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