Monday, December 07, 2009

Ready for Miracles

Paul and I were just watching a series of true stories from a reporter who went to Israel to check out the stories of miracles still occurring for the Chosen People as in days of old. We watched a re-enactment of a group of Israeli soldiers exploring the grounds just outside Jerusalem in 1973 where the enemies of the Jews had previously laid land mines by the hundreds. They were exploring the ground by night, being careful not to be seen by the enemy, when suddenly one of the men shouted, "Stop!" At his feet was the tip of a land mine that had mercifully caught his attention. As all the men slowly dropped to their knees a command was given. The soldiers were told to take out their knives, dig at the dirt in front of them, locate a mine, and disable it. They all began to whisper prayers as they dug, each one knowing that a simple slip of a knife could set off a mine and kill them all.

Suddenly the wind picked up and began to blow with such great power they were forced to stop and cover their heads with their jackets. The wind howled and the sand blew fiercely. Within a few minutes the wind had blown the clouds away to reveal a full moon and the soldiers stood up. Unbelievably the sand had been blown off all the land mines and the shimmering moon revealed hundreds of mines around them as far as they could see. They would never have been able to conquer the task of uncovering them on their own. They were able to walk through all of the potential danger in complete confidence because of what the Lord did for them, and what they were shown by the light.

Like hidden land mines, there are many traps set before us in this life. Because of the fall of Adam, we are surrounded by decay and brokenness every day. But our hope as Christians is that God in His great mercy will help us navigate the tough times. He can be trusted with our brokenness and He has shown a Light in the darkness to help us on our way.

As we near our trip to Cincinnati there have been several unusual things come against us. I have been praying that the Lord will continue to hide us in the shelter of His wing, and then light the way when it is time to venture forth.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Surely He will save you from the fowlers snare and from the deadly pestilence. Psalm 91: 1-3