The other night when The Mom was having trouble staying awake, while trying to catch up on her magazine reading, she came to an article that suddenly kept her wide awake.
There was a story we shared a little while ago, that some of our friends found touching (we know that couple personally, but not this one in the magazine of course). The lesson from that one comes up again in this one: that you need to gather the water in your well, in preparation for the drought.
This couple had one set of 3 kids, and a little later (the first ones mostly grown) had 6 more ("Team B"). Meanwhile, they became Christians and very involved in the Church–one of the things they did was to memorize Psalm 34. Then one day, when the younger set was aged 6 weeks to 13 years, they were in a car accident… and lost all. six. kids. The couple barely escaped with their own lives, and the car blew up in flames.
"As Janet was taken to the ambulance, the Holy Spirit reminded Scott of the Scripture that had meant so much to them. From 30 feet away, he called out to his wife, ‘Psalm 34!" Scott told me, ‘In the midst of all of this, the one thing I needed to do was to praise God.’
Janet prayed, ‘God, there’s no way I can handle this. I give it all to you.’ More so out of obedience to God than emotional readiness, Janet began to recite Psalm 34 aloud in the ambulance: ‘I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.’ At first she said it softly. Then, as her voice grew louder and stronger–‘I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth’–she felt God strengthen her."
(The Story of Scott and Janet Willis, from Israel My Glory, December 2007)
Walk to Rivendell: We’ve reached Stock Road, which isn’t used much, so we’ll travel along it for a little ways. The night is cool, clear and starry.