There is a beautiful song written by Sally DeFord titled “If the Savior Stood Beside Me”. It is so tender when children sing it. And the church I belong to has a wonderful video of a young boy signing to this song. Check it out here:
My favorite verse is the third verse.
“He is always near me, though I do not see Him there, And BECAUSE he loves me dearly, I am in His watchful care. So I’ll be the kind of person that I know I’d like to be, if I could see the Savior standing nigh, watching over me.” (Copyright © 1993 by Sally DeFord. All rights reserved.)
Let me tell you about an experience I had while riding in a car heading back to college with my roommates. I know that I indeed was in the watchful care of the Savior.
I had the great opportunity of attending Snow College in a tiny, tiny town called Ephraim, Utah. My roommates and I had all gone home for the weekend to various cities in northern Utah. And we were driving through the notorious highway 6 through Spanish Fork canyon late at night one Saturday on our way back to campus.
Back then Highway 6 was much narrower than it is now. We were going uphill at the time of this event. On this road when you are going uphill there were two lanes-one was the passing lane for the length of the hill, then it would go back to one lane for a time. The opposite direction had the same thing, so at the time, they had only one lane and we had two-one was the passing lane. We were all laughing and joking as is typical for young college students as we drove home.
I was in the backseat, so I wasn’t really paying that much attention to what was going on around me. However, I do remember noticing that my roommate who was driving moved into the passing lane to pass a semi-truck that was struggling up the steep mountain pass. Then shortly after she moved into the passing lane, she quickly moved back behind the slow semi. I thought, Huh, why did she move back. Not 30 seconds later, a car coming in the opposite direction came barreling past us in the lane we just vacated! We realized immediately that we all would have been dead just then if my roommate hadn’t quickly moved back behind the slow semi–I mean who does that, stay behind a slow semi up a canyon?
So we asked our roommate that was driving…”Did you see that car coming?” She said that No she hadn’t. She had just felt a prompting by the Spirit to move right back. I will be forever indebted to my roommate, Mindie, for being so perceptive. She not only saved her life by listening to the Spirit, but she saved a carload of girls.
I knew then very clearly that the Savior was watching over us. He knew that the other driver would make a terrible decision to pass on the wrong side of the road. I am so grateful that it wasn’t my time to go. I am so grateful that I am here today. That I have a family that loves me. That I have had more time to learn and grow and “be the kind of person I know I’d like to be”.
I hope that today we all can express thanks that we’ve been watched over. Because we all have.
Life is Good. Share the Good.
PS The photo today is from a few years ago at a LDS temple open house with my sister. If you ever have a chance to go to a LDS temple open house- you should go- anyone is welcome! And they usually have a beautiful statue of Christ that you can take photos by.
Seriously go to an open house! Check out the upcoming ones! My parents are heading to the Rome open house hopefully. Yeah for them! I wish I could fit in their suitcase!
PPS If you want to look at other beautiful music Sally DeFord has written, click below.
If you want to learn more about the church I belong to, click below.