By Chaplain (Capt.) Joseph McCall
“The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me besides the still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will not fear evil. For you are with me…”
These words are attributed to King David. He was an imperfect man after God’s heart. It has been debated at what age David was when he penned these words; I believe he was an old man recounting God’s presence through the various seasons of his life.
I believe these words are appropriate to the moment in which we find ourselves. Death and pestilence have cast their dark shadows over our land, and many are wondering where God is in all of this. I believe, in times like these, we can take a few lessons from David.
First, remember and affirm who God is. God is our shepherd. He protects and provides; he is in control of all things. His divine hand covers us and only allows what is in our best interest and his glory.
Second, he gives us rest and restoration. Since most distractions have been removed, maybe this is the time to draw near to family. Take this time to rest your mind and body.
Last, remember God does not practice social distancing. Even in the shadows, he is a friend that sticks closer than a brother and an ever-present helper. Draw near to him, and he will draw near to you. Then, you will see that the darker it gets, the brighter his light will shine through you; and you will truly experience God in the shadows.
(Editor’s note: McCall is the 1st Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment chaplain).