The Girl Scout’s Song
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’”
Psalm 91:1-2 (NIV UK)
The other day I was listening to a podcast when I heard a story about a troop of British Girl Scouts living in China during World War 2 who were interned in a Japanese concentration camp. And while they endured horrible conditions and were forced to go without food and water for long periods of time, these Scouts didn’t let the circumstances get them down.
Instead, they determined to live by their code, making the best of every situation. One of the ways they did this was by singing songs to make them feel better. They sang funny songs, silly songs and even had songs that they sang before they went to bed. As the Japanese soldiers marched this Girl Scout troop through the front gates, the scouts recited Psalm 46, singing: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging” (Psalm 46:1-5).
When I’m facing an uncertain situation, I turn to my favourite passages of Scripture. Whether it’s the Psalms, the Prophets or the Gospels, Scripture reminds me that none of us is abandoned by God—he has not now, nor ever will turn away from his children or stop pursuing us. He will do anything and everything to bring us into a deeper relationship with him.
The British Girl Scouts endured their hardship, living to see the American troops parachute in and liberate the camp. I don’t know if they sang a Psalm then, but if they did, I think it would have been this one: “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17).
Holy Father, thank you that we may rest in you. Indeed, you encourage us to rely on you, to trust you and to cast all our doubts and fears on you. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Study by Joseph Tkach
About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA. You are welcome to attend one of our local Church congregations located throughout the UK and Ireland. For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.gracecom.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.