I remember one time when our pastor was praying over the tithes and he said something along the lines of 'and thank you not only for what you've given us but also from what we've escaped.'
This became even more eye-opening one Friday evening as we were making our way from one suburb to another. The road was quite twisty and hilly and the car in front of us was towing a boat. This guy was all over the road. He was veering onto the verge, across the road to the other side, etc. He was so obviously drunk. My husband was trying to get his attention or overtake him to try slow him down to a stop. My girls were little then and we told them we should pray for his and anyone else's safety while he was on the road.
As we were doing this the road was coming to an incline over which you could not see on-coming traffic. He drove over into the wrong side of the road and just as he reached the top, he swung back into his lane. An on-coming car then came past totally oblivious to the potential danger. As they came past, we saw it was one of our pastors and his family. My husband and I looked at each other and sighed in relief. We had goose bumps because we knew the people in the on-coming car. 10 minutes later, we managed to pull him over, another driver took his keys as we waited for someone to come and fetch him.
That pastor and his family had no idea how God had just protected them. The thing is, God is doing just that type of thing for each of us every day and we are not even aware of it.
Ps 86 v 13 says: For great is your mercy toward me, and you have delivered my soul from the depths of sheol.
Yes, and many times He does this without us even realizing it.
Let me end this post with a quote from the book 'God Calling' - by the listeners:
"You are My great care. Never feel at the mercy of the world. My angels guard you day and night and nothing can harm you. You would indeed thank Me if you knew the darts of fret and evil they turn from you. Thank Me indeed for dangers unknown - unseen - but averted."
My encouragement to you is to thank God for not only what He has given you and done for you, but also thank Him for what you have escaped, even unknowingly.