My son Seth, is just about to ship out overseas as a member of the United States Army
and Lindsey, his wife, just gave birth to their new daughter, Charlie Mae about two weeks ago. We have so many mixed emotions about his deployment and the nine months he won’t be with us, but such is life for a soldier. He has basicallly signed his time and life over to defend our freedom in America. I’m sure he has many fears about his time away and our prayers go with him as he takes on this new venture in life. We pray for safety for him as he travels and as he does his duty on site. We pray for his wife and child to be safe and that his time there will go quickly without incident. It’s actually no different for any of us though as we take our marching orders from our Heavenly Father and step out into a very unfamiliar time of service for our Lord. Our time and our lives are surrendered to Him and His will and His orders are to be followed by each of us in sometimes very stressful areas of service. This is the life of a Soldier of Christ and our unity as soldiers is vital to the success of the mission. Our mission is a Great Commission, and the orders are from the one who controls the universe. He goes before us with power and purpose and sets our feet on the path that is best for us. The path may have a few roadside bombs that have been positioned to hurt us, but God knows where the best route is through these traps and He even shares that roadmap with His soldiers. God protects those who serve Him as Soldiers of Christ and he protects those who fight for the freedom of our country as well. Psalm 91 gives me great peace and hope for our son, and I have total confidence in the protection that God gives. Psalam 91:1 You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, 2 Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” 3 That’s right – he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. 4 His huge outstretched arms protect you – under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. 5 Fear nothing – not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, 6 Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon. 7 Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze you. 8 You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses. 9 Yes, because God’s your refuge, the High God your very own home, 10 Evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door. 11 He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. 12 If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling. 13 You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path. 14 “If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. 15 Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. 16 I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!”
We will always have to deal with snares that are set for us along the way, but God is faithful to protect us and I believe, protect my son, Seth. At the end of his time overseas you can bet we will throw that party as it says in verse 15 and we will rejoice for the great power of God and His great protection. My praise goes to our God, who is more powerful than anything that may come the way for a Soldier for Christ.
Seth is not only a soldier, but a soldier for Christ, and I am so proud of him for his service and look forward to the many stories he will tell of his time away from us.
The Pilgrimage continues….