Sunday, November 11, 2012

Weekend Worship—The Price of Freedom

Who is this glorious king? He is our LORD, a strong and mighty warrior. Psalm 24:8


I snapped this picture as my son left on his first deployment

It was our son’s first deployment and we were on base to see him off. Toward the end of our visit, God showed me things I’ll never forget.

The men were called in groups to the low, brick building that held their rifles. When Jimmy came back with his gun, he took great delight in explaining all about it to his brothers and his dad. I stood a few steps away, just watching and praying. As I watched, I realized that he was so comfortable with his weapon, it was like a part of his body. He knew every piece of it by touch and handled it with a casualness that bespoke many hours practice.

Listening to the Commander
After everyone had their rifles, they were called into formation one last time before boarding the buses. I was amazed at how easily the commander got their attention—it was nothing but bedlam and confusion, with families and loved ones vying for one last moment of attention. But those soldiers were so tuned into their leader, their response was almost instantaneous when called. I was struck by how vital it was that they responded like that; after all, soldiers could hardly be effective apart from their commander. We’re like that too. As believers, we must constantly keep an ear tuned to God, ready at a moment’s notice to hear and obey His commands.

Recognizable as soldiers...anywhere
Finally, I realized that no one, looking at them as a group or individually, could mistake them for anything but what they were—soldiers at war. They held themselves proudly, not afraid of who they were or the job they had to do. Anyone, friend or enemy, would know their purpose.

We, too, are soldiers—instantly recognizable to the world and to the prince of this world. My prayer is that I’d be able to stand firm, relying on God’s strength. and never dishonoring His uniform.

10 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for your insight. Especially on Veteran's Day. Someday we'll be veterans but for now we are in the battle for the long haul--of victory!

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    1. Marjorie, thanks for adding that! I never even considered the fact that we'll one day be veterans as well. Blessings, e

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  2. Wonderful post. So much truth in it. Bless you Edie!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! Blessings, E

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  3. Amen...we are a part of God's army....doing His work on earth for His Kingdom...Thank you for the reminder today and every day may we respond to His leading and jump at His call quickly!

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    1. I appreciate your taking the time to comment! Blessings, E

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  4. My heart cries with mothers of children who are deployed, whose children are also my hero.

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    1. Diane, that means so much to us. Thank you for sharing, Blessings, E

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  5. I love this post and especially the picture of Jimmy. Thank you for the reminder that we are in His army. And praise God, we know we will win in the end!

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  6. So grateful for men like your son who are serving our country.

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