Thursday, September 13, 2007

I Will Not Fear

We had a very close call on Sept. 11th here on Camp Victory. As this report shows, a rocket (supplied by Iran) was fired at our base. I hadn't said anything about it before for OPSEC (Operational Security) reasons, but now that it is being reported, I'm free to post away.

It landed less than 200 yards from my office (for those in VA who know Berkley, it was less than 100 yards from his office). I heard it incoming as it flew directly over our trailers. I immediately hit the deck under my desk. Then a very loud BOOM and the whole trailer shook so much that the light on the ceiling fell off one screw. We immediately ran to the bunker as they usually come in twos or threes, but thankfully this one was a solo act. If you have no idea how big a 240mm rocket is, check out Nancy's post on the incident.

It was a wild couple of a minutes to say the least, but I had a complete peace through it all as the Psalm that I read every morning quickly came to mind, especially a specific verse in that Psalm. Psalm 91 is often referred to in the military as the Soldier's Psalm. In that Psalm, verse 5 reads, "You will not fear the terror by night, nor the arrow [rocket] that flies by day" People often ask me how can I come here and if I'm not scared to be here. How much more clear can God's word be than that verse. Read the rest of the chapter and you will see why I will not fear as He is my shelter and refuge and fortress.


Debbie said...

I appreciate your comment at Right Truth. Many times we read things in the media, but who know if they are really true. I love hearing from folks on the ground, like you, who know the real situation.

Please keep in contact and I will try to check out your blog here for the latest news.

Much appreciated is your service, your sacrifice, your family. I can't say enough about our military and all those who support you in your missions.

Hubby was in the Navy.

Cajun Tiger said...

Thanks Debbie...just to be clear...I'm not in the military, I'm a contractor supporting the Army.

Meme said...

Psalm 91 is in one of my favorite songs that we sing for church called "On Eagle's Wings".

1.You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord,who abide in his shadow for life,say to the Lord:"My refuge, my rock in whom I trust!"

And he will raise you up on eagle's wings,bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of his hand.

2.The snare of the fowler will never capture you,and famine will bring you no fear; under his wings you refuge, his faithfulness your shield.

3.You need not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day; though thousands fall about you, near you it shall not come.

4.For to his angels he's given a command to guard you in all of your ways; upon their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

I feel God has great plans for you in your future so even though I do still worry, I feel he will keep you safe!!!


Dee said...

Wow!! So glad it missed you guys. Do we need anymore evidence of Iran's involvement? Unbelievable!!

I too love Psalm 91!!!!!

If I get a chance I'm going to link to both yours and Nancy's post on this.

Confessions of A Drama Mama said...

I know we should not fear and you are comfortable with your calling and mission. But for a moment, all I can say Shane is "Geez, thank God you are okay." I can't imagine life without you, cuz.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Thanks Debbie...just to be clear...I'm not in the military, I'm a contractor supporting the Army.

like Debbie said, thanks for your service and sacrifice.

Stay safe.

Blademonkey said...

Close call man, keep your head down. Come back safe.....

Yeah, the thing about you being a contractor is that you still went. In my book that counts for quite a bit. Don't ask to read my book though, the prose is muddled and overly dramatic with bad spelling and grammar. Like it was written by a subliterate monkey :)

Cajun Tiger said...

That is a great song mom =)

Thanks for the link Dee

Not planning on going anywhere soon cuz =)

Wordsmith and Blade...thanks, I appreciate that, but I just always want to make sure no one thinks I'm in the military as they are doing all the really hard work, while I stay back relatively safe on the FOB.