My husband is in the military. In the ten years we’ve been married, we have lived in four states, two countries, weathered one year-long deployment and many months apart for temporary duty assignments. We have also lived far from all our extended family for the entire span of our marriage. After a while, we started to feel the strain of not being able to pop over to our parents’ houses for Sunday dinner or Christmas or a birthday. And by far the biggest struggle has been raising children far away from their grandparents, depending on FaceTime to foster those relationships. Our life has been an adventure, and we are grateful; but sometimes, a person just needs her family.
Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Reformation once said, “the Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.” This is what God has done for me in this military life. He’s brightened my perspective of the power of His Word, and understanding how it is truly alive (Hebrews 4:12). He pursues me through the Scriptures, shows me how He knows me and hears me and is at work in me. In those moments when I have wished my family was just across town, God has drawn me to Himself in stronger ways. In the quiet dark of lonely nights, He whispers to my heart. His Word truly refreshes me and drags me away from dark clouds of depression. God has used the military life to teach me how to be flexible, to have joy in all circumstances, to feel His presence in His Word. How can I ask for a different life, when He has done so much in this?
Where do you turn when you feel alone? When you wish your life was different? Do you seek comfort in people? Or do you turn inwards, giving in to the darkness of depression? When David was made king of Israel, he brought the ark of the covenant to his city and celebrated. He also wrote a psalm encouraging all the people to join him in celebration, saying, “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his face always” (1 Chronicles 16:11). David knew that God was the only One who could offer strength, stability, refuge, and help in all things, and he knew that remembering the works of the Lord was the key to survival in this life. We must saturate our lives with the Word, so that in our dark nights and lonely days, we can be like David, like Martin Luther – finding our light, comfort and strength in the Lord.