I find it ironic that so many things in our life can be rooted back to the Bible. Even when we go to our favorite burger joint, In-N-Out Burger, you can find bible verses plastered all over its cup products and burger wraps. I always enjoyed grabbing my pocket-sized bible and just to look up the verses with my sisters. It always seemed that God was there in hidden but vibrant ways.
One thing I found the most significant was when I learned that “911” was actually symbolic of Psalm 91. Somewhere or someone down the line decided to use “911” as a code for help in emergency situations. All we have to do is dial, 9-1-1, and there comes the police, firemen, and ambulance ready to rescue us from whatever situation that threatens our safety. Yet, we still take for granted having that back-up plan just in case if something doesn’t work out. Too many of us dial 9-1-1 in our lives without really understanding what a emergency is or how to handle it. We put too much hope in the wrong people and places that we loose sight in what’s really happening in our lives.
We grow accustomed to leaning on people and situations that doesn’t guarantee our happiness or even our safety. We trust too much on things of this world that doesn’t even matter at the end of the day and still expect a different outcome. We put ourselves in this continuous cycle of disaster and expect some sort of hero to rescue us. When we should be relying on ourselves and God.
In the end, I believe we put ourselves in emergency situations that could have been avoided in the first place. We choose to stay with that abusive partner, we choose to settle for a mediocre job, and we choose to accept the mundane instead of the incredible. We allow ourselves to put up with people and situations that don’t truly value us until we reach the point where we need to dial 9-1-1.
Despite this, I’m not saying that everything is under our control because sometimes emergencies happen without warning. Sometimes the person we thought we loved turns out to be an abuser, sometimes the illness we thought was the flu turns out to be cancer, or sometimes someone stupid decides to hurt you randomly while you were just walking down the street. We just never truly know the exact outcome of our lives but we can decide to take power in what we can control. We can start working out and eating healthier, we can cut toxic people out of our lives, and we can never settle for anything less than we deserve.
Most importantly, we can learn to lean on God instead of wrong people and situations. We can choose to dust off that bible from our shelves and decide to save ourselves. We can decide to call out to God in times of trouble and let him do the work for us. After all, he said because we loved him that he would rescue us from whatever disaster we put ourselves in. He promised to answer that 911 call and be there for us when we need him to be. He will honor us and promise us a long life. So now, I’m finally ready to dial 9-1-1 the right way.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
-NIV (New International Version)