The Cleft of the Rock
For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me. Psalm 31:3
Northern General Robert McAllister is chiefly remembered for the nine hundred letters he wrote home describing his experiences in the American Civil War. On April 11, 1864, he wrote his wife, Ellen: “One day I was riding out to hunt a safe place to fire at a target. I rode up on a little bluff; and as I reached the summit, I heard a voice. On looking down into a stone quarry I saw two of our boys earnestly engaged in prayer. I turned away as quietly as possible, thinking how delightful it was to find such deep religious feeling in my regiment.”
We’re in a spiritual battle every day, but nothing is more powerful than a quiet faith that finds a stone quarry in which to pray, perhaps with a fellow believer. The Bible says: “From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:2).
I bowed down by the root of a tree and thanked God for His protecting care over me and my regiment that day and asked continuance of it through the day that was about to dawn upon us. General Robert McAllister at Chancellorsville
Psalm 31 • My times are in Your hands