Last week I was in a class to learn about writing resumes, interviewing and such, for my transition out of the Coast Guard. During one of my breaks I was introduced to another Coastie. He shared with me his desire to leave the Coast Guard but he didn't know what to do, or where to go after that. As we spoke more in the hallway he said he was married and that, "God is telling me to leave the Coast Guard, but nothing else". He wanted to be comfortable with the vision that God was giving him, but still struggled with not having a plan.
I was compelled to share this analogy with him:
Picture yourself as a surfer. You have a good surfboard, it is a beautiful day with perfect waves coming in to the beach. You paddle out just past where the waves start to break. There you turn your back to the sea and with your surfboard pointed at the beach, the waves lift you up and down as they pass beneath you.
Even as you sit, waiting for the right wave, you are still surfing. Timing makes all the difference in surfing and in our spiritual life. In our walk with God, sometimes He asks us to wait for the perfect moment. When He says go, we paddle for everything we are worth!
He chuckled a little bit and smiled when I shared my thought with him. I have been praying for him, that he would know when it was time to wait and time to paddle.
I also pray I will know the same. Paddling all the time may not be the best way to get where God is taking us. If we wait until the right wave comes along it will be an incredible ride.
We are praying that the support raising training is productive and glorifying to God next week.
We are praying that the next few months will be productive and we can get the majority of our support raising done while we are still in the Coast Guard.
We are still praying about property to live on in Idaho. There is a place there for us somewhere!
Praying that we will glorify God in our speech and actions as we talk to old friends and new while raising support.
For the Coastie I spoke with and that he would wait on the Lords
Our friend, whose father was in the hospital, is back home. We haven't spoken in person yet but are thankful that everything is working out and she was able to minister to her family.
Jason's mouth is healing well and there have been no complications with the surgery.