By Chaplain (Maj.) Tony Cech
Special to GUIDON
As Soldiers and military families, we end up in all sorts of places, stations and duty positions: some good, some not.
Over the years, I’ve heard many complain about those positions and places.
Some do all they can to find alternate assignments, some wallow in misery, most put life on hold until they can escape.
How do you live and work in a place where you don’t want to?
Jeremiah 29: 4-6 gives us insight. “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have children. Also seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
God assigns us where he wants us for his purposes.
Sometimes they are good places, sometimes we think not.
Our human tendency is to put life on hold in unfavorable places.
God says we should try and do the things that are normal to life in the places we end up.
He calls us to build houses, plant gardens, and settle down.
In other words, he says don’t put life on hold; make memories.
Our heavenly father wants us to bloom where we are planted.
He also says, “seek the peace and prosperity of that place.”
This may mean working for a squad, platoon, company, organization, etc., that you don’t want to.
You can affect whether it’ll become a better place by your hard work and prayers.
God expects us to trust him, give our best efforts and then trust in him, Prayer changes things, people, and situations.
The bottom line: recognize that God may have you in a faraway or difficult place with difficult people; a place where you don’t want to live and work.
Accept with grace that God has placed you there to live, work and contribute.
Pray for that place and the people there and you might just see God do a miracle in you, them and that place.
(Editor’s note: Cech is the 1st Engineer Brigade chaplain.)