As I’m writing this I can hear the sound of the helicopter overhead. It’s been that way most of the day. Apparently, a convicted offender managed to escape during transport. Police have formed a blockade on the southwest corner of the Sterling Campus (by the Chapel). Our neighbor Lee College is on lockdown. Our campus is secure with only the Office Entrance available for entry and exit for all activity in the Main Building. It’s been rather strange to watch Baytown (our section of town for that matter) make the national news. Reporters from network affiliates have been stationed off Decker. Throughout the day, the police presence, the barricades, the air patrol, and the sirens reminded me not only of the potential danger but the proximity of protection. While there is an armed convict on the loose in our neighborhood, trained law enforcement is right there.
In a way, I’m reminded of God’s protection. David states in Psalm 23, “Even though I walk through the valley of shaded death, I will not fear evil, for you are with me: your rod and staff comfort me.” Even though I tread in places where peril lurks, I will not fear. Even though I can only sense the danger and not see it, your protection and guidance overwhelm me with comfort. I am at peace in your presence, Lord. The peace of His presence outweighs the anxiety caused by fear. How I am thankful for peace, the peace that is known through presence. I am not alone therefore, I shall not fear. Lord, thank you for your protection.