«He makes peace in your borders, and fills you with the finest wheat» (Psalm 147:14).
IT WAS the year 1979, a difficult time in the history of Nicaragua, where my friend Dany is from. He had to live through as difficult an experience as they come. With a single sentence, Dany gave me to understand how hard of an ordeal he had to go through: «I remember that we had to put the bodies in garbage bags to throw them out.» Undoubtedly, it was a childhood marked forever.
Dany was only seven years old when, one night, he heard shots everywhere. «My twelve siblings, my parents, and I were in the house, hidden, when I sensed a voice saying, ‘Don’t go out. God will work great miracles with you.’ I started to cry and told my father what I had just heard,» he said. Suddenly, someone knocked on the door; they knew that those knocks were the precursor of death. Have you ever felt the call of death in such a grim and real way? The twelve children and their two parents were on their knees, praying to the God of heaven and repeating Psalm 91 from memory. Some men finally entered and were face to face with Dany’s family, who were on their knees, crying out to God. Then those men began to say to each other: «How strange! There’s no one in this house.
Nevertheless, there they were, face to face. Somehow, God had made them invisible. He had given peace to a family of His children who lived in an area under conflict. God had filled them with His love, protection, and power.
Dear friend, how many ugly and bitter things of life surround us: violence, disease, betrayal, hypocrisy, misunderstandings, arguments, loneliness, divorce, poverty, death—things that rob us of all that seemed to give us peace. However, in the midst of those conflicts, a voice says to you, «Stay here; trust in Me. I will perform great miracles for you.» The miracles may be imperceptible to others or even to you, but you will be able to recognize and understand them with the passing of time. Or perhaps they will be obvious miracles that will make you feel special to God.
«Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him» (Psalm 91:1, 2, NLT). Amen.