To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; For God is my defense, My God of mercy. Psalms 59:17 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/psa.59.17.NKJV
While under watch of the Khmer Rouge, it became known that Dad followed Jesus.
To the Khmer people, Jesus is the White American God. Angry they threatened Dad. You will meet your American God, Mister. We’ll see to it. The soldiers left to report to their superior.
Upon hearing them say they’ll send him to his American God, Dad put two and two together: they were not going to purchase an airline ticket to send him to America to freely believe in his God, rather they wanted to kill him!
For three days, Mom and Dad spent from sunrise to sunset praying. They sought the Lord. Praying fervently, “God, You are ruler over all. You can take care of us.” They pleaded with God. They said again, “I trust you, God. We are your children and you are our Heavenly Father. We know that you can take care of us.” Day after day, they pleaded with God. Mom prayed to God saying “We hide ourselves in you. You will take care of us.” Three days of praying, Mom had a dream that Missionary Paul Ellison was visiting their home. Arriving at the house, he handed over a bag with a gift for the family. He unravels mosquito netting. He continues to tell Mom that he will set the mosquito netting up for the family. “You will sleep well tonight!” After that dream, she knew that was God’s confirmation: he is worthy, he is trustworthy and he will indeed set a hedge of protection around them.
Day four, my parents notice the soldiers walk by and…continue to walk on. They didn’t stop. Like in her dream, a spiritual netting set around them! God has hidden them yet again from the soldiers and they did not threaten Dad anymore.
Huddling together, they praise God! Quietly they sang “What a Friend We have In Jesus.” Weight off their shoulder, breath in their lungs, they no longer needed to worry about having a target on them.
Suggested Prayer: God, you are worthy of praise! Thank you for caring for me. God, when life is scary and my fears are flying, I ask that you’d remind me that you are good. God, you are trustworthy. Today, I declare my trust in you. I thank you that you are my heavenly Father and I am your child. You will take care of me. I leave my worries and concern in your capable hands; thy will be done. Amen