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Thursday, October 8, 2015
Stunningly, breathtakingly overwhelmed by here & now
Why did God put me here and now, with every conceivable comfort and pleasure? My existence is such a contrast to the tortuous suffering I've been reading about. Why me?
God has an assignment for me. I pray that I won't miss it, and I'm confident I won't - when God has an assignment for us, He sends Moses a burning bush, Joseph a prison dream interpretation, Paul a light from Heaven. And so I won't miss it. I just need to trust and obey.
My readings: Chickenhawk, about the intensive hazards of flying rescue helicopters in Vietnam; Pacific Crucible, about losing the first six months of World War II, with American flyers taking off from aircraft carriers, returning only to discover their ship had sunk; Fly Boys, about shocking behavior of soldiers in Asia; Killing Patton, of determination against staggering odds in Europe; and Endurance, about Skipper Sir Earnest Shackleton's miraculous leadership bringing his crew back from a shipwreck in the Antarctic when all hope was gone. My grandfather actually worked for Shackleton, though not on that voyage. Grandfather Milo Milton Oblinger (and also with a pen name Milton Richards) wrote boys' adventure series (Dick Kent character) and historical novels about Balboa and Alexander McKenzie - books I actually found in my school library.