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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Faith is…

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Heather Mason
Faith is defined as complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

My husband was deployed overseas when he received news that his career in the Navy may be cut short, pending budget cuts. He waited days to tell me because he was afraid of my reaction.  For both of us, it was a major surprise to see how incredibly calm I was.  I remember telling him, “everything was going to be okay, just have faith.”

It would be seven months before we knew for sure if he still had a job. Month by month, my calmness faded; and before I knew it, I was taking things into my own hands, trying to make things happen. It got to the point, I encouraged my husband to retake an aptitude test, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, to boost his scores; which would open up more job opportunities for him within the Navy. At the sixth month mark the answer was “no,” and it looked like he may need to start looking for a civilian job.   Usually, that would be the end of this process; however, we had miscalculated and he received one more opportunity to be considered for a job. He was selected and was able to re-enlist in his current position and move forward with his career.

 Re-enlistment Ceremony, Bahrain 2/14

Back to the word faith. Now when my husband first told me he may lose his job, I was full of faith. Confident and sure he was staying in the Navy. Honestly, I was shocked when, after the first month, he had not been selected for a job. I had expected a quick solution so we could move on with our comfortable life in the Navy.  Month after month he was told, “we do not have a job for you.” I knew my faith was lessening and doubt was very much in the forefront of my mind. I asked myself, “was I truly hearing God”. .. “were we supposed to remain in the Navy or was this my want?”  I struggled with my role at this time. What was I supposed to be doing as we waited?  How could I continue to encourage him, when my faith was weak?

This particular time in our lives reminds me of the biblical story of Sarah and Abraham. Sarah, had lived a long time and had not bore any children. She knew God was going to make a great nation through Abraham and she had tried to help this plan along by bringing Hagar to Abraham saying, (Genesis 16:1) “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” When she overheard the Lord telling Abraham in Genesis 18:10, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son. And all along, Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him.” Sarah was full of doubt and laughed at the thought of having children at such an old age. Can you see yourself overhearing this conversation? Would you laugh too?

Like Sarah, I was trying to develop my own plan in God’s will for our lives.  I was losing sight of God’s plan and focusing on my plan of helping my husband change jobs to stay in the Navy.  Remember in the biblical story I shared with you, Sarah was trying to help Abraham’s nation by bringing in someone who could provide him with children. Sarah had faith in the Lord’s plan for Abraham. She didn’t however have faith in knowing her part in God’s plan.  Similarly, I knew God had a plan for my husband’s career. My struggle was, what should I be doing?  Six months is a long time to just sit back and wait, so I took matters into my own hands, my own way. I was still confident God would take care of us, I was just caught up in the details.  In that final month, God restored my faith.  He showed me that his timing is perfect.

The Lord did indeed keep his promise to Abraham, who became the father of a great nation. He also kept his promise to me that everything was going to be alright, just have faith. God did indeed work out every detail for our family. Not only was my husband’s job secure, he soon advanced to the next rank and will now be able to retire from the Navy.

What are some ways you can be confident in knowing God’s plan for you?

How can you trust God in the details of your life?

When have you experienced a lack of faith?

Where can you look for ways to strengthen your faith?

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1 comment:

  1. Great first article Heather! Welcome to the RM Blog writing team.


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