Hello my dear brothers and sisters,
It’s been awhile since I last wrote you.
As many of you know, one of the reasons is because I have been Texas visiting my son and his family (which includes three of my five perfect grandchildren) at the Army base in Fort Hood. Lee is an Army chaplain and was deployed to Afghanistan this past week and I wanted to see him before he headed out.
Paul admonishes us “to be anxious for nothing” but as far as I know he never had any children. I don’t always do well “being anxious for nothing” when it comes to my children; I’m more in the camp of the father who said, “Lord, I believe, but help Thou my unbelief!”
It’s hard not to be anxious when you’re to wave good-bye to your son as he heads off to one of the most violent “hot spots” in the world. (And chaplains don’t’ even get to carry a gun!)
On the evening before his departure, Lee and I were discussing his imminent deployment. He assured me, that though he would miss his family, he was in perfect peace about going to Afghanistan. He said, “Dad, I truly believe I am doing what God wants me to do and thus I believe He is putting me where He wants me to be.”
What can an anxious father do with that?
All I know to do is be proud and pray.
I will be proud because there is no greater success than for my son than him doing what God wants him do and trusting Him to put Lee where He wants him to be.
I will pray also. I will pray for my son’s safety, success, and soon return. Sometimes I may pray and worry but I will pray–casting all my cares upon Him for He cares for us.
Now here’s the point–no this was not just a therapy session for me 🙂
Maybe you are like my son and in a hot spot” or worse yet, one of those “dead spots” and you are questioning whether or not it makes sense for you to stay in the line of fire.
Let me remind you of what success is- “Doing what God wants you to do and trusting Him to put you where He wants you to be.”
That doesn’t mean every assignment is safe, fun, or even productive (just ask the great prophet Jeremiah). It doesn’t mean that there will not be moments of anxiety and stress. But it does mean that at the end of the day you can have peace because it was our Sovereign God who counted you worthy and put you in the ministry. Thus, the ultimate responsibility and outcome rests in His hands not yours.
So what to do?
Be proud and pray.
Be proud no matter where you are right now-if you are doing what God wants you to do then you are a success.
And also pray. Pray that God will give you grace to grow in faith and character. Pray that God will open the right doors and shut the wrong ones. Pray that God will raise up an army where you are-even if all you’ve got is dead men’s bones.
Worry and pray, if you must. Be anxious and pray, if you must. Watch and pray; work and pray-but just keep praying and doing what God has called you to do and trust Him with the “putting you where you’re suppose to be.”
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)