Lorrie Anderson, missionary to the head-shrinking Candoshi Shapra Indians of Peru, was looking for a quiet place for her daily time of Bible reading & prayer, so she went down by the edge of the river.
After reading the Bible, she took up her prayer list. Eyes closed, she did not see the deadly anaconda weaving through the water until it struck, burying its fangs into her flesh. It withdrew to strike, hitting her arm again & again as it held her, screaming, in its coils. It reared up for the death blows.
Then suddenly the giant snake, never known to release its prey, relaxed its grip & slithered off through the water.
While Lorrie was being treated, a witch doctor from a nearby village burst into the hut & stared at her. She couldn't believe Lorrie had survived. She said her son-in-law, also a witch doctor, had chanted to the spirit of the anaconda that morning & sent it to kill the young missionary.
"I'm certain," Lorrie said, "that except for the protection of God, it would have worked." (preceptaustin.org)
When David Livingstone was asked if he didn’t fear that going into Africa was too difficult & too dangerous, he answered, “I am immortal until the will of God for me is accomplished.”
John 7:30 (CEV): “Some of the people wanted to arrest Jesus right then. But no one even laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come.”