Sunday, January 28, 2007

how to drive the devil crazy

I received this from an LT in IQ today. Only the names have been changed to protect those blessed by God:

“[O]n Monday [January 22nd] my Platoon Sergeant (SFC Shadrach) and two other guys (SGT Meshach and SPC Abednego) dismounted on a road when an IED detonated from underneath them. SFC Shadrach was standing directly on top of the IED when it exploded and he was thrown 10-15 feet in the air and landed in the 7-foot deep crater surrounded by sharp chunks of asphalt. He has nerve damage to the right side of his face and lost hearing in his right ear. Doctors are saying he has a 50/50 chance to regain hearing. The other two guys have blown eardrums and may have to get surgery to repair the damage. Other than damage to hearing, everyone emerged with only scrapes from this incident.

“An analysis of the area showed that my guys had been standing on top of 200 pounds of explosives placed inside of a culvert that ran under the road. There is no reason that any of them should have survived 40 pounds of explosives let alone 200. I think this is the answer to prayers from people in the church and some may want to know the real results of their prayers. People could also pray that SFC Shadrach's hearing returns and my guys’ eardrums are healed without the need of surgery.”



Now that is a miracle. At least everyone in the platoon sees it that way. Using 200 pounds of explosives when 40 pounds would have done the trick was going a little overboard, but I guess someone wanted to make extra sure. The timing of the detonation was perfect: the platoon sergeant was standing directly on top of the explosives. It was a can’t-miss, they’re-as-good-as-dead, sort of thing.

Can you imagine the reaction of the devil, his frustration, when he saw the three young men emerge from the devastation?

A long time ago in what is now IQ, not too far away from where this occurred, another three young men survived another can’t-miss, they’re-as-good-as-dead, sort of thing (see Chapter 3 of the Book of Daniel).

This stuff must drive the devil crazy.

Be blessed!
RB

P.S. I received a call this afternoon. Sergeant First Class Shadrach can now hear some low level sounds. The doctors cannot operate, the nerve damage is something that requires healing, so we need to pray for complete healing. Please also pray for the eardrums of Sergeant Meshach and Specialist Abednego to be healed without surgery. Thank you.

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