“‘And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will be its glory within.’”
? When Esther and Geoff, my daughter and son-in-law, with their three children (my only grandchildren) prepared to go to Senegal as missionaries, I was worried. After all, they would be traveling many thousands of miles to a foreign country that might not be overly friendly.
A country where disease is rampant, where clean water is not always available, where what we consider to be basic living needs is not in ready supply. But most of all, my children would be too far away from me to be able to reach them easily.
In searching the Scriptures for a reassuring word, I came upon the verse in Zechariah chapter 2. I personalized the verse to read, “I myself will be a wall of fire around them,” declares the LORD, “and I will be their glory within them.”
This was a wonderful promise from God for my children. It reminded me of a story I’d read in John Paton’s autobiography. John Paton was a missionary in New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) about 150 years ago. At that time cannibalism was still practiced and his life was often threatened by hostile warriors. One night, as he was preparing for bed, he heard a noise outside his flimsy hut. He heard men’s voices speaking of an ambush. Tonight was the night, they would get him. Paton fell to his knees and cried out to God to save him.
The voices outside of his hut got louder. They seemed to be filled with fear and agitation. As Paton listened, he heard running, like people who’re in a great hurry to get away. Soon all was quiet again.
The following morning, as Paton walked into the village, a chief approached him. “Who were the warriors surrounding your hut last night?” he asked.
? Paton shook his head. Astonished he listened to the chief’s description of warriors with fierce faces and mighty swords drawn. He realized that God had sent his shining angels to protect him.
And so it will be with my children, I thought. The safest place for them is to be in the center of God’s will.
~Thank you, Father, that you are our refuge. You alone, O LORD, make us dwell in safety.
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