Several years ago I was a member of a law enforcement SWAT team. I was one of the snipers on the team and when we deployed we always did so as a two man team. During a SWAT call-out the sniper elements were the first SWAT guys to be deployed. We would find our positions and set up as soon as we could so that we could send live information back to the command post from the area infected by the situation at hand. While I would be looking at the scene, through my scope, my partner would be watching my back so that I could concentrate on one thing only, the scene and/or the suspect. I had to trust my partner at all costs to cover my back as I was covering the entry team’s back as they maneuvered closer to the objective. Thus the entry team had to trust me as well. When I told them it was clear for them to move, they had to trust me that it was in fact clear. That is one of the things that made the team so close, that element of trust. Knowing that one of your teammates always had your back, was watching over you, not letting anything or anyone harm you. With my team this was also the case during a callout. We had a bond among the team that understood what trust was all about.
Each day we all make tactical moves throughout the day and those of us who call ourselves Christians have to trust that God is watching and covering our backs. From God’s point of view He can see every move and every detail of our lives. He knows what we are thinking or doing even before we think or do it.
I’m learning that when things don’t go the way that I have them planned, there is a much greater plan in the future. I have to take the focus off of my little “bubble” and put it on the promised Word of God.
Recently a good friend of mine sent me Jeremiah 29:11 to meditate over. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” During times of trials and confusion this verse may be hard to read and understand unless I take my eyes off of my “bubble” and trust God in everything. I have to trust His plans for me and not my plans I have for Him.
No matter how “poopy” today’s events may look, there is always a better plan in action that we do not see for those of us who have the faith to trust and believe. Habakkuk learned how to trust God and not be affected by the negative stuff going on around him. He says this in Habakkuk 3:17-19 “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places.”
I have recently learned that it can be easy to be caught up in my little “bubble” of life, getting sidetracked from the trust and love of Jesus. I need to be reminded to pop the “bubble” and look up to the peace and love of Jesus Christ. Isaiah 26:3 tells us, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
Never forget who you are trusting to watch over you.