Me: Hi Prodigal that is a nice bible!
Prodigal: Thanks, I like to look at all the different styles. Some are just so beautiful. The bible is just very intriguing.
Me: The bible can be confusing at first but the more you read it the more power the bible seems to have.
Prodigal: Yes, I have heard of different stories of the power of the bible.
Me: Well speaking of stories I have a story about the bible I think you might like that was written by James Pruitt
Among the U.S. Marines who fought against the Japanese in World War II was 21 year old Corporal William Devers, who considered himself an agnostic. No amount of arguing, Bible-quoting or coercion by his fellow Marines or the chaplain could sway him. During the company’s first major encounter with the Japanese, a number of the unit were killed and the chaplain was wounded. In great pain, the chaplain called to Devers, “My…left pocket…take it…please…Last night I had a dream. In the dream an angel appeared and told me that I had to make you take the Bible. Take it, son…please.” Devers shoved the Bible into his shirt pocket to satisfy the wounded man.
Twenty minutes later, Corporal Devers’ squad stumbled right into a Japanese patrol, and before he knew what had happened he was on the ground, his mind fading into the darkness, certain he was dying. When he came to , he felt a ripple of pain shoot through his chest, but there was no blood.
The bullet had torn into the Bible he carried in his pocket, ending its journey at the book of Psalms, which read: “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.”
God doesn’t give up on us. We may try to ignore or we may try to push God in the back of our mind. God of the universe still tries over and over again to get that message to us. We tend not to believe that God really loves us and is planning the details out. We get caught up in believing that we are alone and we have to figure out how to make this happen or that happen. Just continue to ask God to show you the plans he has for you. He will show you. Maybe it is a story or one bible verse. Or maybe it happens in the middle of chaos all around you.
I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.
Jennifer Van Allen
Faith In Counseling