So it has begun. The long nights, the waiting anxiously to hear from my husband. It feels at times like the challenge is just to get from this day to our reuniting. The in-between is just what we endure as we wait.
That’s not good enough for me.
If he is gone 1 day or 500 days each one is still a gift. I refuse to allow those days, weeks, and months to be stolen by worry.
Each and every day I want to awake in the morning and lie down at night knowing that today… today was and is a good day.
This morning a young woman sat in my office sharing with me some of her struggles in an overseas assignment. In this particular city each house was surrounded by a large wall. As she walked down the street she felt caged in, trapped, needing desperately to get out of the city but without a means to do so. A colleague gifted her with a list of all the Bible verses she could find where walls are mentioned. As she read the verses the walls that loomed on either side of her took on a new meaning. Instead of being trapped they represented God’s protection and presence. They reminded her of the walls of the New Jerusalem found in Revelations. They no longer make her feel trapped, instead they have become a reminder of God’s promises.
Deployment is like those walls. We can view deployment as a barrier to our dreams, a division in our marriages, and we can succumb to feelings of being trapped and isolated. It does not have to be that way. Instead we can find a way to praise God for deployments. We can thank Him for the time we are given to focus more on Him, for the reminder of how precious our spouses are and the strength God has given us to wait.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 ESV
What is the one thing about deployment that feels the most overwhelming to you? How can you praise God for it?
(if you are having trouble with the second question try typing in the answer to the first question at www.openbible.info/topics and see what pops up)