Sunday, June 2, 2013

To answer the question: Why?

Why did Seth join the Army? FYI, I and many other Army wives would probably much rather hear, "Thank you for your husband's service," than feel like we have to scramble to find the words explain why. But, we do try to explain, mainly to get past the disapproving look on your face when you ask, "why?" There are several reasons that we made our decision. Seth needed a career path. He was running into one closed door after another in Tuscaloosa, and it became clear that our "season" here was over. It was time to move on, at least for now, in order for him to get some job training, education, and experience. Seth had been thinking about it for a while and we started to pray. We prayed for several months and felt like maybe the military was what God wanted us to do. We knew it would be a good ministry opportunity, and we would get to travel the world together. :) Plus, Seth could finish his degree, make a career of it, or get a job like military police where he could get out after his initial enlistment and get a policeman job somewhere. There are a lot of other benefits too, like insurance, lower interest rates, etc. I was thinking pretty logically, but I can honestly say I think Seth just felt right about it, and he wanted to serve his country. He knew that joining the service was something to be proud of. So, after a lot of prayer, we were ready to become "army strong." But, we were still met with a lot of opposition, from godly people whom we respected, so we were still a little unsure. This decision, to sign your life over, is not one you want to be unsure about. We started to be very specific in our prayers. We prayed that when we met with the recruiter to see which jobs were available to him, that we would know based on those jobs if we should go forward or not. We prayed this a lot, but one more time before we walked into the meeting. He had like 3 jobs he was interested in, and we wanted him to be able to start sooner rather than later so I would have time to find a teaching job in our new place before it was too late. We wet into the meeting to find out that his number one job choice (military police) was available, and he would leave in about a month! (Normally it takes 4-6 months.) We knew God had answered our prayers, and that is "why" we made the decision.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says "there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven" goes on to say "a time to plant and a time to uproot." (Verse 2)

Matthew 28:19 tells us to "go and make disciples of all nations."

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