David, my son, straps on my helmet before my ride on a AAV (Amphibian Assault Vehicle) during Family Day at the Marine Base. They piled us "civilians" on board, about twelve of us, six on each side. We plopped down on hard metal benches facing each other. My son climbed over our group and took his place up front to drive the land course for this momentous occasion. I secretly suspected his driving maneuvers to be a bit wild with his Mom and Dad aboard. They were.
From the time the back end closed and the diesel fumes surrounded us, the AAV rocked and rolled, bounced and turned. Whoooeee, I always imagined I possessed adequate, if not more than adequate padding on my backside. Uh, no. The terrain shoved us next to each other and slammed our "buttocks" hard on the metal benches. Of course no seat belts either. (So this is why we strapped on helmets.) I have ridden mules with smoother trots than this. Oh, where are the shock absorbers? But the aim is not comfort here. AAV's are troop carriers and protectors. They carry troops across water or from ships to land and are equipped with weapons for defense.
"For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison." 2 Corinthians 4:17
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us." Romans 8:18
Oh, where are the shock absorbers in these verses? Scripture has many verses about hardships and trouble. My husband was laid off from his job last Thursday. Help, I want a shock absorber! But I know that God's aim is much like the AAV. Whether the terrain is over deep water or dangerous land, He is our defense. I must trust His driving. He is equipped with all the weapons for combat and will bring me safely through this battle.
So what if my "buttocks" slams down on the seat, I know I'd rather be protected without shock absorbers than be comfy and vulnerable in war.
Say, does anyone have a pillow?
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