God’s Year and Providence

Alright it’s been awhile since I have blogged on here. And let me explain the charge of  absence. I have just completed CH-BOLC, a major cornerstone and time in my life when I did not think was going to happen.  And I am taking it all in. Just finished Christmas break from visiting my girlfriend and father’s family in the DC region and looking forward to a great New Years. A lot has happened in 2011, more so than any other area in my life that I can describe. God has transformed me, shaped me, challenged me and examined me. I look back in this year and I can only describe the amazing:

  • God has blessed me with a tremendous calling beginning back in March of 2011- getting a direct commission from Specialist to a 2LT, enter the Chaplain Candidate program.
  • He has provided an amazing girlfriend that I am getting to know even better each day.
  • I completed over a year’s worth of seminary.
  • I graduated Chaplain Basic Officer Leadership Course
  • God blessed me with a good job
  • Found out I am going to be an Uncle
In some ways I look back in 2011 and think it’s all a blur. I had my struggles- God knows what they are. And sometimes I think my biggest one was really just trusting him and letting go of my unbelief. To this day I don’t know why he chose me to complete the assignment as an Army Chaplain. I never looked at myself as a Man of God capable of delivering his Word, but as a sinner seeking a Savior. I never looked at myself as an eloquent speaker, a career minister or looking for the next promotion but saying, “Alright God here I am. Here’s my life. Do with it as you please.” Sometimes when we submit to God and his Will it’s never easy. He can leave us hanging or we can be in uncertainty and doubt. I can be a true testimony of that. Growing up in a single parent home and being the first to graduate college and the first to do anything with my life and doing it for God.  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. It’s been an amazing road but in some ways it’s just getting started. God has put tremendous men of God in my life and other people to help me along the path. Nothing can be more rewarding than to serve God and know that he has greater things planned for you than anything you ever hoped for dreamed or imagined.  As Ephesians 1: 10- 11 says, “And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ-everything in heaven and on Earth. Furthermore because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance and he makes everything work out according to his plan.”  I think I am a stunning testimony that God can do the impossible. Someone who was overweight, unsure, disowned, not expected to do the unexpected did it. God can use anyone if you let him have the reigns of your life. It will never be an easy journey. Every day we must rely on God and his goodness and grace or else we can forfeit all his promises by our own disbelief. I pray that those that read this post will realize that God is alive and well and that he intends for us to experience the best in life. But sometimes that means going through pain and trials and tribulations to get it.

God blessed me with some amazing people in Chaplain school and I know that I am just beginning my military career and calling. If God is for us who can be against us? Remember that God loves us and his mercies are new every day. We can never forget what Jesus did for us and how to live in complete freedom through him. I look at 2012 with hope and anticipation for our country, for my calling and through the amazing things God is doing in my life and the lives of others. Despite all the bad news there is hope in this world and as believers, and as a future Army Chaplain we need to share it, cherish it, and act on it.  In tiring economic times, and times of uncertainty and strife always look to Jesus as our enduring prize.

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