Will You Go For One

It has been 21 years now since I first  heard those words from the Lord. I was starting my senior year in high school. I really had no career direction or goals at the time. One night while praying about what to do after graduation, I heard Him speak to me. It was clear as day: “Join the the military.” Wow, that was unexpected. I was in JROTC for a few years in high school, only to get out of Physical Education, but had no intentions of joining. In fact, I clearly remember telling my friends I had no intention of  ever being in the military.

But that night there I was, facing the challenge. A challenge that didn’t seem real spiritual to me. My first thought was a resounding, “Are you kidding me? No way!” Then I heard the voice again: “Join the military.” My resolve didn’t change. Then He (God) asked,”Will you go for one”?

That got me thinking. Would I be willing to go in a direction that I had never thought of if there was the potential of one person starting a relationship with God? The answer was yes. It was not a knee-jerk decision. I had family members who had been in the military. I heard the war stories from my grandfather- it is not glamorous like it is portrayed in the movies. I knew it wasn’t a light decision. I knew it meant the potential for being in combat, maybe even dying.

That decision changed my life. I ended up in the 101st Airborne, as a Forward Observer. I trained with light infantry and my eyes were opened to a whole new world. During my time there I saw many miracles: from God stopping rain during an Air Assault training exercise to Him helping a frantic soldier find his wedding ring at night in a bunch of pine straw. In fact, it wasn’t even til about 3 months before my enlistment was up that I met the soldier that God would bring into a relationship with Him.

The overall experience was challenging and very hard at times.

Fast forward to today. I now live in Charlotte. Once again, I heard God tell us to leave our friends and the life we knew for 12 years in Virginia to “go for one.” After one short year, He has opened several doors to share the Good News. I now look forward to the opportunity to go to Africa. It is something God has placed in my heart since I was a child. I can’t wait to see what He does.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”