All this happened on Sunday night, 9th August 1987. Like most Sundays, I attended the evening service at Church. Around 9:30 that evening I got into my car and drove home. I had to go along Hoddle Street, and I am still amazed at what Father God did for me there.
I drove along Hoddle St., and past Clifton Hill railway station. Suddenly I heard an enormous bang. I thought that my car had back fired. As the car did not seem to react in any strange way, I continued on home. It was just before 10:00 when I got in and I turned the radio on for the evening news.
The first item on the news was about a shooting in Hoddle St, near the Clifton Hill railway station. Several deceased and more injured. My heart almost stopped beating when I realised that I had driven through that shooting rampage.
From later reports it appears that the bang I heard was the shooter changing guns at 9:35 to a larger and louder gun. The loud bang alarmed many people who alerted emergency personal. Many other cars had already been targeted and I drove through that mess without a scratch, not knowing what it was until after I arrived home shortly before 10:00.
There is so much in the Bible about the protection God gives us. “Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name” & “My prayer is … that you protect them from the evil one” (John 17:11&15), “The Lord protects the unwary” (Psalm 116:6), “He guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones” (Proverbs 2:8).
This is only a very small selection from the Bible, that tell us about protection. It is easy to dismiss it as “Oh, ye”, but at a time like this, it becomes a reality. God is protecting us from very many things that we may never know until Eternity.
Do we ever thank him for that protection?