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Monday, April 27, 2015 Is That You???

(Posted April 27, 2015)

“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us into the Kingdom of His beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13, NASB).

"Ranger Dees, you have pneumonia."

“Ranger Dees, you have pneumonia. See this x-ray. We will have to out-process you tomorrow,” said the attending physician for the Mountain Ranger Camp in Dahlonega, Georgia.  I knew how important it was for a young infantry officer to complete Ranger School, both for professional development and for actual survival in future combat conditions. “Washing out” of Ranger School was a great disappointment.  I lay awake that night, agonizing and praying.

The next morning I was able to sneak onto the sick call truck taking patients to the same physician whose office was in the nearby town. “Ranger Dees, what are you doing back? You should be out-processing,” said the somewhat indignant doctor. With further urging, the doctor performed another x-ray. “Ranger Dees, your lungs appear clear now,” began the surprised doctor. I could only exclaim in my heart, “The Lord gives, the Lord takes away, Blessed be the name of the Lord.” As with the young man born blind in John 9, I did not know how or why I was now free of pneumonia; I did know that I was going back into Ranger School. Hope was renewed.

The Ranger cadre placed me with all my gear at a road intersection in the middle of the north Georgia woods and mountains. As dark approached, a truck sped up and an “enemy” in black pajamas jumped out, and began to bind my arms behind me and blindfold me. We began a slow walk into the dark woods, a silent patrol moving stealthily along the wooded path. Then it happened, all heck broke loose… machine guns, stun grenades, artillery simulators, men shouting commands. We had been ambushed.  In the chaos, my two guards moved into the roadside ditch to return fire. 

Then I felt a strong grip on my right arm and the question shouted over the din of combat, “Is that you, Bob?” I knew Chuck Drobny’s voice in the dark, one of my platoon Ranger buddies. My platoon had ambushed the enemy patrol to win me back, a “POW Snatch mission,” in order to free me from enemy captivity. “Yeah, Chuck… it’s me.” “Come with me, Bob,” Chuck replied, dragging me into the woods.  What a powerful transformation! One moment in enemy captivity, the next moment reunited with my fellow Rangers.  I had been rescued.

The symbolism of the moment was powerful.  The analogy of the saving work of Jesus Christ in each of our lives could not be missed. We each have our own story where Jesus grabs us by the arm, lays hold of us, and says “Come with me!”  The transformational words of Colossians came to mind: “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us into the Kingdom of His beloved Son” (NASB).

When did Jesus call you by name, saying “Is that you? Come with Me!” Did you go with Him? Were you rescued from darkness into light? We each have an amazing story. What is yours? Have you thought about your own rescue lately? For some of us, this moment may be yet to occur. 

In a similar fashion, God rescues us for a higher purpose, a divine calling, a sanctification prepared just for us.  As Paul stated in Philippians 3:12: “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus” (NASB).

Although names and places may be different, our stories are the same.  We are captives rescued from darkness to light, then called to a high purpose on behalf of our Rescuer, Lord and Savior Jesus, and finally being transformed into the very image of Christ Himself.

“Is that you, (your name)?  Come with me!”

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Respectfully in Christ, 

Bob Dees
LU Institute for Military Resilience


PS: The next Institute for Military Resilience (IMR) Webinar entitled

“From Rucksuck to Briefcase
for the Transitioning Military Professional”

will be presented by Mr. Richard Glass, LU Career Center Director, and Ms. Millie Hall, LU VA VetSuccess Counselor, at 8 PM on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. 

Our troops serve with distinction in uniform, yet they face significant challenges as they transition to the civilian sector.  They face questions such as:  Should I go back to school?  Should I seek employment?  What am I good at?  What do I want to do?  How can Veterans Affairs help me (and my family) with this daunting transition process?  How can Liberty University help me move from the schoolhouse to a military friendly employer? 

See you there for a powerful time as we seek to answer these questions
facing transitioning military students.

Register at www.liberty.edu/IMRWebinars.

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