• CH Buddy Winn


As I drove to Camp Ripley yesterday, heavy fog made the drive slow and ominous. As dozens of military vehicles headed home in the opposite direction following drill weekend, I prayed for their safety as they returned to their Families and to prepare for the week ahead.

The planned Open House at our huge, world-class training facility in central Minnesota would be affected by the persistent grey mist, as we had fly-overs on station for our guests and neighbors. 

"By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to given them light..." Exodus 13:21

The Children of Israel were lost in the desert, left to wander without much hope of reaching their destination. God used a type of fog, a cloud described as a "pillar" to protect and lead them on their way to the promised land. He led them not in the nearest, easiest way, but on the best way, just as He does today.

A Minnesota Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter flies northwest through fog to the Miller Army Airfield. September 15, 2019. Photo by the author.

God never left his people alone in their journey. His presence was always there, a reminder to them that they hadn’t been left on their own in the wilderness. As a pillar of clouds provided shade from the fierceness of the desert sun, a pillar of fire lent light in the darkest of nights. 

God will not leave us to fend for ourselves, struggling to find our way. He will lead us, helping us navigate life's uncertainties. He promises to be faithful. His Word and the Holy Spirit guide our days.

The sun eventually burned off the fog and we enjoyed a beautiful fall afternoon in Minnesota, recognizing our Air National Guard team as they celebrate their 72nd birthday this week.

Now someone pray for our Minnesota Vikings to find their way!

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