Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth. (Ps. 124:6)

WHILE ON A TEACHING MISSION to Uganda, Deana was surprised to hear a child scream, followed by a series of shrill whistles from the area around the building where the child was standing. She took a few steps toward the noise, but was stopped in her tracks by the school principal. “Wait here, Miss Deana,” he said, while moving toward the commotion himself. She watched, fascinated, as a few older students grabbed sticks and old cricket bats and ran toward the child.

Just a few feet from a nearby classroom they formed a circle and, as one, lifted their clubs above their heads and began swinging at the ground. After a few moments, the tallest student reached down and then stood up holding a very dead cobra by its tail. Although a cobra appeared on school grounds only occasionally, the teachers and administrators had devised a clever signal they called “cobra whistles” to warn everyone of a cobra sighting while school was in session.

David was also aware of signals—in this case, the Lord’s signals—that demonstrated God’s care for His people. Indeed, David’s own life was a living illustration of God’s ongoing protection.

It is easy to ignore the Lord’s signals in everyday life. May God help us remember that His signals are meant to preserve and protect us from the dangers we might otherwise face.

Think of three ways God has protected you this week, and thank Him for His protection.

Steve Wamberg is a husband, dad, writer, and pastor who loves his family, preaching, teaching, music, coffee, friends, and Nebraska football.