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A Sign On the Face
A SOLDIER DESCRIBED the tension-filled moment he and his comrades had to leave the relative safety of a covered position and dash into an open landing zone to get to a ...

A Sign on the Face

They came in low and hot, close to the trees and dropped their tail in a flare, rocked forward and we raced for the open doorways. This was always the worst for us, we couldn’t hear anything and our backs were turned to the tree line. The best you could hope for was a sign on the face of the man in the doorway, leaning out waiting to help with a tug or to lay down some lead. Sometime you could glance quickly at his face and pick up a clue as to what was about to happen.

I was fascinated with this soldier’s predicament—unable to see what was happening behind, he looked in the face of someone else who could. One of my favorite poems addresses this phenomenon of how we see many important things indirectly:

For while the tired waves vainly breaking

Seem here no painful inch to gain,

Far back, through creeks and inlets making,

Comes silent, flooding in, the main.

And not by eastern windows only,

When daylight comes, comes in the light,

In front the sun climbs slow, how slowly,

But westward, look! The land is bright.

This principle is often at work when we try to discern God’s working in our lives. It is always difficult to grasp his purpose or his perspective in the present moment. I often see what he has been doing only in retrospect, as I look back and see where I’ve been and how I’ve changed, and indirectly grasp what he has done. Every achievement and every tragedy in my life has worked to deepen my faith in God, and, over time, draw me closer to him. This faith gives me confidence he is directing my path and watching over me even during those times I have difficulty feeling his presence.


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