“I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted.” Psalm 77:1-2
“God is our refuge and strength, and ever present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
I answered the call that every mother dreads to receive; “There’s been an accident, and your son is unaccounted for”.
It was 10 o’clock at night when my daughter-in-law Missy called. There was a frantic edge to her voice as she told me about the military training jump that went wrong. My son Cameron is in an airborne brigade that was participating in a 10 day training exercise at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. 80 soldiers were parachuting into a wooded area, when the wind suddenly changed and blew the paratroopers away from their intended drop zone and into a grove of Pine trees.
Missy said, there were no life-threatening injuries, but among those rescued so far, over a dozen men had been sent to the hospital. And they still had not accounted for all the paratroopers who had been blown off course by the wind.
Missy’s voice shook as she told me the other wives of the soldiers in Cameron’s division had heard their husbands were safe, but Missy hadn’t received any news yet. Cameron was still missing.
What do we do when we receive terrifying news? Do we cry and wail, call our friends, or get angry? Do we, get on our phones, seeking more information or try to get busy and make something happen?
We might do all these things, but before we do, the Bible tells us to start with prayer and seek the Lord’s help and council. Who else but God Almighty can help us in our times of great need?
Cry out to your Heavenly Father, for the Lord that created the world by speaking it into existence cares personally about you and your concerns.
God heard our prayers. Missy got a call from a friend whose husband was a chaplain in Cameron’s unit (chaplains were allowed to keep their phones), Cameron was safe. His team had not jumped yet, he was not one of the soldiers caught in the trees.
What relief filled my soul. My husband and I praised and thanked the Lord for His goodness and mercy to us. And then we continued to pray for the safety of the missing men, and that they would be found soon.
Prayer: Thank you Lord, that you hear our prayers and move and act on our behalf. Thank you that you care about our concerns and fears and want to help us in our times of need. We love you Lord. In Jesus name we ask all things. Amen.