Today I have a very special Psalm 91 testimony from my friend, Becky Doughty. It fits so well with the six week blogger study Jamie Britt and I are doing…I just had to squeeze it in between posts. Grab a tissue…you’re gonna be blessed!
Becky writes: “Life is full of twists and turns and we never know where we’re going to end up or when it’s going to end.”
My husband, Kevin, spoke these words as he headed off to a job we had little peace over, but because we were self-employed and in huge financial need, there seemed no alternative.
“Read Psalm 91 today,” I replied. “That’s where we’re living – under the shadow of His wings. ‘He has ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling.’” (The Message)
It was as though we were being prepared for what was ahead. Psalm 91 became a life-line to us.
One week later, I received a call. “Kevin’s been in an accident. You need to come. Now.”
Kevin fell from a 15 ft balcony, taking with him a concrete capstone from a post that came loose in his hands. He landed on his back; the capstone landed on his face.
I imagined angels sweeping down to slow Kevin’s fall, positioning him so the capstone would damage but not kill, their fingers locked beneath him so his spine would be bruised, but not crushed, the bones of his body would bend, but not break.
After extensive reconstructive surgery, to the amazement of his doctors, Kevin went home just 10 days later; very fragile, but home!
We had no disability on Kevin, and therefore, now we had no income. We’d also let our medical insurance lapse the month before. The Lord said, “Watch Me work.” We qualified for 100% medical coverage through the state, a wonderful program if used the right way. With our private coverage, we would have owed $80,000 out of pocket!
Then a man came to our door with a check for our rent. In the memo line was written, “Psalm 91.”
We saw the Body of Believers at work as people came by to love, encourage, and pray with us.
The examples of God’s grace continue even now. Kevin is alive and well, albeit with some remarkable scars. But the scars start conversations about God’s faithfulness, and inevitably Psalm 91.
Becky Doughty, an author of inspirational fiction, was raised on the island of Iran Jaya, Indonesia, where her parents were missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship. She writes from her home in Southern California where she shares her life with her husband and children, and a whole menagerie of farm animals.
Visit Becky’s website at www.beckydoughty.com