Patience, the Lord and the Navy: An Interesting Mix

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Being a military spouse teaches you a lot about waiting and having patience.

This past year has been a big test on my patience. More importantly it has shown me my faith in the Lord is what is going to guide us and carry us in this journey with the United States Navy.

In 2011 the Lord declared he was going to test our patience and show us he is in control. Regardless of what we do he has the final say.  This was a difficult for both Scott and I as we both like to be in control and know what is going on.

My faith and walk with the Lord has strengthened by leaps and bounds in the past 12 months. There were times where I felt like every week meant a new plan for Scott’s Naval career. It was one change after another. I quickly learned I needed to turn to God and ask him for guidance.  I needed to remind myself that when something doesn’t go as planned it really wasn’t a part of his plan.

The more I turned to the Lord first the more often I saw my anxiety disappearing. I prayed for guidance and I could see obvious signs that his plan was going to be far better than anything Scott and I could imagine.

Finding out Scott was selected to Officer Candidate School to be a commissioned Naval Officer was the biggest sign from God that trusting in him was the only way to go.

Scott left for OCS in January. After the first week I got a phone call from him. Not a good sign as they have no phone privileges for the first month. He was calling to tell me he was injured and would need time to heal, thus he would be pushed back a class or two. He should be graduating the end of May instead of early April. This means he will be gone almost twice as long as originally anticipated.

We immediately realized this is a test from God. More specifically the Lord is making sure Scott’s foundation in the Lord is strong and that he is ready to be the best leader he can be. We both believe the Lord is reminding us that we need to rely on him for everything. It is through his strength that we will be successful.

It is so easy to get in the mindset that we need to take control of situations and make quick decisions, especially when it comes to the military. We all know that the military is, if anything, unpredictable. When you think you are going to go left the military sends you to the right. If you think you have 7 months left at a duty station you will find yourself still there 12 months later and unsure of when and where you will actually PCS. Instead of allowing the anxiety attack to set in every time we have a change in plans {which seems like every other week} I have brought it all to the Lord. He is the only constant and will never give us more than we can handle. Scott and I remind each other of this every time we get a bit overwhelmed.

We still have no idea where our next duty station will be, but we do know that where ever it is, is exactly where the Lord wants us to be. Knowing that has given me a strange sense of calmness that I have never felt before.

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