General Meade commandeered the Leister house behind Union lines when he arrived around 1 AM 2 July, 1863. He walked in the back yard during the rain of Confederate cannonade 3 July. The shells overshot the front lines and fell near Meade’s headquarters, scattering men, equipment and animals. When he noticed his officers “gradually” and “unconsciously” edging to the far side of the house he urged them that no particular place was any safer than any other place.
It reminded him of a man who drove an ox-cart carrying ammunition to General Taylor’s troops at Palo Alto, during the Mexican War. The man suddenly found himself under Mexican fire and, looking for shelter, could find it only behind his ox-cart. General Taylor soon rode by, saw it and called the man a fool. He was no safer behind the cart than on or before it. The man replied the General was probably right, but he kind of felt (italics added) safer. Gettysburg Battle and Battlefield, 64
A spiritual truth emerges from the story. We all need to feel secure, but where we seek safety can be only a “feeling” of security or a real, substantial, lasting Security. Is our source of safety no more permanent than we? Such as career, wealth, health, relationships? ETC? The Christian, no more or less than the secularist, seeks safety in life. The difference is the Source of our confidence. We don’t just feel safe behind whatever we hide; we are safe because the eternal Jesus IS our security.
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