Arising at 3:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Eric and I left for Berlin. It was chilly out and raining. It was going to be a long time away from home, away from our children. Partly I was excited about the new adventure, partly I was already missing the children. We drove to the airport in the dark, in the gentle rain.
Throughout our travels, the number 27 caught my attention and seemed special to me, although I couldn’t figure out why.
I thought that perhaps it was because it paralleled our first day in Europe??? (the 27th of November)
I took this picture while walking to a bus station in London. Eric and Anna were blocks ahead of me. Talking to myself, I told myself that I really liked the number 27. I think all that travelling was getting to me. 🙂
We returned from our trip late — almost midnight — on Dec. 22nd. We drove home from the airport in the dark. Again in a gentle rain on a chilly night.
It was a busy time with visiting relatives home for the holidays. A few days later as we sat with our children, they shared with us how together they had memorized Psalm 27. I asked why they had chosen that particular psalm. It had seemed rather random to them, possibly because they had been discussing the movie “Gods and Generals” and that psalm was quoted in the movie.
One verse humored them:
“When my father and my mother forsake me,
Then the LORD will take care of me.” Psalm 27:10
I think it was that particular verse that caused Psalm 27 to be their scripture of choice to memorize together. They had greatly encouraged me to go on the trip with Eric and had not felt forsaken in any way. Yet the verse made them chuckle.
It was interesting to me that the number 27 had stood out to me during our travels and that God seemingly led our children to memorize Psalm 27 while we were gone.
Pondering this coincidence, I then noticed the date on my phone that evening — Dec.27th.
Also I realized the duration of our trip — exactly 27 days.
I am determined to also memorize Psalm 27 and meditate on the promises of God’s protection.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.
Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.
One thing I have desired of the LORD,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the LORD,
And to inquire in His temple.
For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.
And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”
Do not hide Your face from me;
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not leave me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation.
When my father and my mother forsake me,
Then the LORD will take care of me.
Teach me Your way, O LORD,
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the LORD
In the land of the living.
Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the LORD!