Devotion #5: Phenomenon


…I heard an odd sound.

It was a high-pitched screech, and it was fast becoming painfully loud. I looked up, startled.

I saw several things simultaneously. Nothing was moving in slow motion, the way it does in the movies.  Instead, the adrenaline rush seemed to make my brain work much faster, and I was able to absorb in clear detail several things at once.

Edward Cullen was standing four cars down from me, staring at me in horror. His face stood out from a sea of faces, all frozen in the same mask of shock. But of more immediate importance was the dark blue van that was skidding, tires locked and squealing against the brakes, spinning wildly across the ice of the parking lot. It was going to hit the back corner of my truck, and I was standing between them. I didn’t even have time to close my eyes.

Just before I heard the shattering crunch of the van folding around the truck bed, something hit me, hard, but not from the direction I was expecting. My head cracked against the icy blacktop, and I felt something solid and cold pinning me to the ground. (…) A groaning metallic thud hurt my ears, and the van settled, glass popping, onto the asphalt—exactly where, a second ago, my legs would have been.

In the abrupt bedlam, I could hear more than one person shouting my name. But more clearly than all the yelling, I could hear Edward Cullen’s low, frantic voice in my ear.

“Bella? Are you alright?” (…)

I had seen the deep dent in the tan car’s bumper—a very distinct dent that fit the contours of Edward’s shoulders…as if he had braced himself against the car with enough force to damage the metal frame.
Twilight – Chapter 3

Ok, so, wow. Now we know Edward isn’t entirely human. We were kind-of wondering, but now the vampire is out of the bag (or, coffin).
Imagine this: you’re staring down certain death (or at minimum, some serious crippling injuries), and out of nowhere, some super-person flies out and literally stops a 2-ton automobile.
This is what it looks like when the supernatural meets the natural. We build for ourselves strong structures: families, businesses, churches, careers, empires. But when these things falter and come spinning against us, we realize just how frail we are.

Though it seems surreal, in all of the broken glass and twisted metal of the carnal world, the supernatural stands without blemish. Things that can crush us have no hold on the Lord; the spirit realm. This is how it should be.
What we see as sturdy, strong, and immovable in our lives are really tin foil where God is concerned. Of course, immediately following divine intervention we always want to know exactly “how” it happened. And, like Edward, God often declines to explain Himself. If I were to speak for God (or Edward), I would say that He did it because He loves you; He wants you to “Be safe.” Because in all of the bedlam, as He’s watching the impending crisis, all He is thinking is “No, not you. Not her.” And that’s all you need to know right now.

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~ by sarahthebaker on November 21, 2009.

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