Occasionally there are electric moments while reading the words of another person, when you realize that though that person may have lived years before you came to reside upon this earth, you two share something – a deep abiding interest, a concern, an insight, a hope, or a fear.
So I discovered such a moment recently while reading about the life of Winston Churchill. He was a man who appeared to have failed, much like his father before him failed, but in the end he triumphed and he brought the world with him in that triumph. His words before that triumph planted the seeds of his future success. It was in his heart and soul to believe that right was right, truth existed, and that we must not lose our way in this world. Here are some of his words which struck me very forcibly this week. They echo loudly into our world today…
“We are a race doubtful of its mission and no longer confident about its principles, infirm of purpose, drifting to and fro with the tides and currents of a deeply disturbed ocean. The compass has been damaged. The charts are out of date. The crew have to take it in turns to be Captain; and every captain before every movement of the helm has to take a ballot not only of the crew but of an ever-increasing number of passengers…” (Mr. Churchill by Philip Guedalla p.242)
“Laws, just or unjust, may govern men’s actions. Tyrannies may restrain or regulate their words. The machinery of propaganda may pack their minds with falsehoods. But the soul of man thus held in trance or frozen in a long night can be awakened by a spark coming from God knows where. People in bondage need not despair.” (Churchill in Memoriam New York Times p.154)
In our times, trying as they may be, let us remember that we never walk alone. The question for us to ponder has never been – Is God with me? But rather, Am I with God?
“For they that work iniquity, have not walked in His ways.” (Psalms 118:3)
We shall be known by our fruit.