Some of the staff such as myself welcomed the chance to get out of the operations room, to get “outside the wire,” to see some of the Iraqi towns and countryside (mostly arid desert in our region), to see what our younger troops were experiencing, and to understand the conditions in which they were conducting their missions. Other staff members were not too happy about being put in danger or discomfort (yes, we had some “drugstore cowboys” or “spotlight soldiers” who weren’t too keen on getting their hands dirty). Furthermore, we suspected that some of these reluctant soldiers were harboring a little bit of fear themselves that they wouldn’t admit to. But at least I and my team (including my soldier who was unjustly accused in the coverup) were brave and dedicated enough to willingly take part in the ride-alongs. In fact, it was I and my team that were among the first to sign up. And since I always believe in setting the example, I jumped at the chance to ride in the convoy and wholeheartedly committed to the experience. It was a great adventure for me. I have absolutely no fear of death or injury.
I know that my God is in control, He has my days numbered, and that He will not let anything happen to me that He has not already carefully weighed and deeply pondered. Moreover, knowing how much He loves me, I know that He does not want harm to come to me and will not allow anything to happen to me that I cannot handle or cope with. So I have grown to fear nothing and nobody. This is not to suggest that I am superhuman, but I truly believe in my God with all my heart, and He has proven Himself to me over and over throughout my life, so I trust Him and His plan for my life without question. Moreover, He has taken me through so many harrowing experiences and gotten me through unscathed that I completely understand and believe such Bible verses as Isaiah 43:2: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”
Still more on this tomorrow. I pray that you will have a restful or productive Saturday.