Story shares bigger message

By Larry Anthony Harris | Published Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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Just recently, Brian Knox published a story Oct. 7 in the Wise County Messenger called “Escaping the shooting,” about Slidell resident Cindy McCasland and her friend, Susan Schnieder, in where both ladies escaped the deadly shootings in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

I have been following this story since day one, but two things in this particular story really got my attention. The first thing was when Ms. McCasland mentioned she felt the presence of God and His protection. I love reading stories when people acknowledge the hand of God in these types of life changing events. So many times people fail to mention the goodness of God in their lives, but not this time, and I believe Ms. McCasland reaped the blessings from doing so.

This is where the other part of this amazing story caught my attention. After reading this story once, I read it again, and where it mentioned the Route 91 Harvest Festival, the number 91 jumped out at me. It sent chills up my spine because Psalm 91 in the Bible is the chapter about God’s protection in the midst of danger.

Psalm 91:5 says: “You will not fear terror of night (the attack of the shooter), nor the arrow that flies by day (the bullets from the shooter’s gun). 91:6 Nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday (the evil spirit that was in the shooter that night). 91:7 A thousand may fall at your side, but it will not come near you (Ms. McCasland mentioned her life was spared when others weren’t) 91:11 for He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. (God definitely had his angels guarding over these two ladies).

And I believe God knew that Ms. McCasland would acknowledge Him in this story because Psalm 91:14 says “because he (she) loves Me says the Lord, I will rescue him (her), I will protect him (her), for he (she) acknowledges My name.”

God is our shelter and refuge when we are afraid. This story in the Wise County Messenger should be a picture of our trust in God, trading all our fears for faith in Him, no matter how intense our fears may be.

I know that God gave me Psalm 91 to help me in my time of need, and I read it every day. I pray that others who read this will also find the same comfort and protection that I have.

Thank you, Brian Knox, Cindy McCasland and the Wise County Messenger for sharing this story. May God bless you all.

Larry Anthony Harris
Lynaugh Unit
Fort Stockton

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