Monday, July 4, 2011

The Commando

In my family, I'm considered a country mouse. About four years ago Greg, the kids and I chose to build a house outside of the hustle and bustle of the city. We're drive almost 20 minutes to the nearest grocery store and 30 minutes to get to church. We've traded street lights and sidewalks for wide open spaces and starry nights.

The biggest benefit of where we live is being able to shoot off fireworks. Every year all of Greg's family come out to our house for a big cook out and fireworks. The littler kids dance around with sparklers while the big kids (like my husband) light the larger displays.

This year my nephew, Nikolas, was visiting from Wisconsin. He had been waiting all summer to light fireworks with Uncle Greg. He brought along a Commando Parachute firework. He was so excited to launch that rocket and see what happens. So with his Uncle observing for safety, Nikolas positioned the rocket, lit the fuse and ran back to safety.

ZOOMP! Something shot straight up from the rocket. BANG! A flash of color filled the evening sky. And then we saw the brave Commando drifting safely to the ground with his parachute. The kids squealed with delight as they ran to retrieve the airborne hero.

“Oh man, he's broken!” one of the kids proclaimed after the successful reconnaissance mission into the neighboring field. The Commando had lost a leg. Unimpressed, the kids went back to writing their names in the sky with their sparklers. But not Nikolas. He was still as proud of his Commando. He started creating the soldier's heroic story in his head as he brought it up to the house. He knew he was a mighty soldier capable of great things. He carefully put the soldier on the porch table and rejoined his cousins in the merriment.

That's how God treats us. He's excited for the hope of our calling. He is ever present as we go through the BANG of life. He assures we land safely. He embraces our brokenness. He creates in us a new story. He provides much needed rest.

In this world, we are all broken soldiers. But take heart, God has overcome this world! (Johns 16:33) He uses our brokenness for His glory and makes us whole once more in heaven. Until then, continue to fight...

Be blessed,

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 1Peter 5:10


Unknown said...

Very fitting and poinent to my heart this morning. Thank you For your insight.
Hugs and a blessed 4th to you. Love Gail

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