There is far more to the universe
than our finite senses reflect.
note: "Kirby," is her call sign and she is an F-16 pilot and
Capt in the USAF. She wrote the following one sleepless night
in Saudi Arabia during the Iraqi War when the media (in their
inimitable style), were trying their best to make the war look
like a quagmire. Her middle of the night thoughts really speak
to me, perhaps because I, too, experienced them in a war zone
a long time ago. I can feel the yearning in her soul as she so
beautifully assembles Scripture to speak to all of us who seek
him in our darkest hour of need.
America owes her and
all her associates a great debt.
RE JD Wetterling (a
former fighter pilot and now resident manager at Ridge Haven
conference and retreat center of the Presbyterian Church in
So I’m a little slower than Samuel to say, “Speak, Lord,
for your servant is listening.” It’s been a couple days now
where sleep has been elusive. The weather was bad last night,
and CNN reported advancing Iraqi troops. There was nothing we
could do to help. Any one of us would have flown if they’d let
us. I guarantee it. But we were held on the ground due to
sandstorms. So I came home early in hopes of a good night’s
sleep, but again, I’m awake a couple hours after lying down.
This time it seems very clear why.
finished reading Matthew as an Officers’ Christian Fellowship
here in Saudi Arabia. We were each impressed with a number of
things that we’d never noticed before. For me, some of that
was seeing how much of Jesus’ constant thought pattern dwelt
on things beyond this world; how often he spoke of heaven; how
often he bypassed a person’s verbal question to deal with his
or her heart. Granted, he is fully God as much as he is fully
man, but if I am to emulate him (and "Christian" means
"Christ-like"), then my thoughts should follow his. My
priorities and perspective should become more like his, more
influenced by the fact that this world is not all there is.
Here’s a story:
"When the servant of the man of God
got up and went out early the next morning, an army with
horses and chariots had surrounded the city. ‘Oh my lord, what
shall we do?’ the servant asked. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the
prophet answered. 'Those who are with us are more than those
who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes
so he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he
looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire
all around” (2 Kings 6:15-17).
There is far more to the
universe than our finite senses reflect, and we have an active
role in that "more." "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in
his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can
take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle
is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world
and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly
realms" (Ephesians 6:10-12).
So there’s a battle we’re
all engaged in, but we don’t enter the fight unarmed: "If my
people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and
pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I
will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal
their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).
God fights for us, if we pray, as he did over and over in
the Scriptures. For what should we pray? In the same way, the
Spirit helps us in our weakness. "We do not know what we ought
to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with
groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our
hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit
intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will"
Let’s all join as fellow warriors in
prayer for our soldiers and our leaders, that God’s will would
be done in the events of today. And be encouraged, because in
the end, God will win:
Moses answered the people,
"...Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the
deliverance the Lord will bring you today..." "The Lord will
fight for you... "(Ex 14:13-14).
“I have told you these
things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you
will have trouble. But take heart! I have over come the world”
(Jesus in John 16:33).
“You, dear children, are from
God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is
greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or
nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things, we are
more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am
convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor
demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in
Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35,37-39).
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