Recently, I attended my son’s graduation from the Air Force. They held a briefing that morning for the families so we would be aware of the military customs and rules while on base. “Ok families, at 5 o’clock we all freeze frame as the National Anthem is played.” Here’s what that entails for us Civ’s and the enlisted:
It signals the end of their work day. It also signals everyone to stop, and they mean stop and they mean everyone! If you’re driving, pull over, and freeze. If you’re enlisted and driving, pull over, get out of your vehicle, face the flag, salute and freeze. If you’re on line at Starbucks you’ll wait a little longer because the barista is also, yep you guessed it, frozen.
I was backing out of a parking space when it happened and having the windows up, I couldn’t hear it, but I could see the young man in front of me frozen except for the finger he was wagging at me to signal a no-no had occurred. So of course, I stopped the car, rolled down the window heard the blessed sound bellowing through “the home of the brave” and you bet I froze, gladly. I love my country and my Airman.
It did make me consider, why I don’t freeze and stop everything when it’s time to honor my Lord with the respect that’s due Him. Next time the opportunity is given, you bet I will be frozen, I love my Lord. He gave me my country and my Airman.
“…If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14