My mother and I were in Birmingham for an event. We arrived on a beautiful, sunny Friday afternoon. I parked my car in the parking garage and we made our way to the venue two blocks away.
After enjoying the teaching and the music, ten thousand women exited the arena to make their ways to their vehicles. My mother and I turned to the right and began to walk and no one (not a single woman) followed us.
I don’t know how 9,998 other women all knew to park in the opposite direction. All I know is that my mother and I were left to walk alone, in the dark, to a parking garage two blocks away. Between us and the vehicle were abandoned buildings, empty parking lots and several men wandering the streets.
In that moment, all I could think to do was to pray that we were invisible. I asked the Lord that, if any of those men had any evil intentions, they simply would not see us. Now, I’m not saying that God made me invisible (although I’m not saying He didn’t either.) I do believe that God blinded the eyes of any potential enemy that night.
I told that story at a recent women’s event to illustrate the power of prayer. I had forgotten about this incident and it came to me at the last minute. I couldn’t help but laugh as, as we walked those two blocks, I kept repeating, “It’s fine. They can’t see us. We’re invisible.”
Here’s the thing, though. I totally believed that God could do it. And, if I’m honest, it isn’t the first time I’ve prayed such a thing. Sometimes, at night, my spirit will feel unsettled and I’ll pray.
Lord, if there is anyone currently roaming the streets with ill intentions, let them not even take notice of our home.
God, if my children are out in public and the enemy is on the prowl, draw his attention away from my babies.
It’s a prayer I’ve prayed often but never mentioned to anyone. It’s not exactly the parenting advice people expect.
What advice would you give for raising children in this broken world?
Oh, I just pray we’re all invisible.
BUT – I found the coolest verse today.
Are you ready?
Wait for it…
Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked. – Psalm 64:2
I wanted to do the slow clap after reading it. Essentially, y’all, David just prayed to be invisible. Do with it what you will.
You are loved. <3