It is said that when God closes a door, He opens a window. Do we realize that it’s a lot harder to get through a window than a door? Doors are made for the easy passage of people and pets and stuff, while windows, in my experience are for looking at the world, letting the air in (but keeping bugs out) or maybe for a quick escape.
Over the course of the past…many months…God has closed numerous doors in our collective lives–our life! Jobs, homes, family…all of these have undergone changes and challenges that have closed doors. Some of those doors we helped to shut, others were slammed in our faces. Ouch. Some we occasionally still try to pry open, wrapping our fingers around the edges and peeking behind–but when God closes a door– it’s just foolishness to try and get around Him!
In the end though, God did open a whole new door and He shoved us out of it! On the other side was a world that we are equipped and prepared to enter, even though I argued with God (and Rick) a little on this. God has called us to work with Military Ministry in the Southeast US, ministering to soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and their families on bases and posts in the states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. We are still learning a lot about the position, but it thrills our hearts to have this vision before us.
As Rick and I begin this journey, working with Military Ministry, as members of the Missionary Order of Campus Crusade for Christ, we see the enormity of the challenge. We see hurting service members in all branches and all ranks who need Jesus and need to “know someone who really knows Jesus.” We see, as Paul did in Acts 16, a man saying “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Only our “Macedonia” is service members and their family who often don’t know who to call.
We also see a God who has gone before us and prepared the way because He knows we are weak and tend to stumble over the so many things. He has uniquely equipped Rick to work with pastors, chaplains, enlisted, and officers. Rick’s experience in the Navy and Marine Corps, at a gateway ministry, as a pastor in an Air Force town, as a reserve and active duty chaplain, and with suicide prevention gives him insights into the different aspects of this specific ministry. I must confess that we’re a little low on Army experience, but I’m sure we’ll learn quickly! I am just thrilled to be able to spend time communicating with those who are interested in the ministry and who pray for us and the men and women whose lives Jesus wants to touch.
This is a little long for a blog, but I’m just beginner, so I’ll get better. Promise. I’ll give the details of our life changes next time!