By Chaplain (Maj.) Jeff Roberson
Special to GUIDON
My wife and I, like many others in the military, dream of a place to call our own.
I would be content to have a home on a few acres, with a pond, and a small orchard. The thought of being able to set down roots and remain in one place sounds pretty nice. However, I know that this dream will not come to pass until my service to Uncle Sam is complete. So, for now, I live a semi-nomadic air fern lifestyle. While such a life can be a challenge and marked by serious loss; I can point to periods of great joy, triumph, and restoration as well. I am sure that many of you would share the same observations.
As the summer approaches, many, here on Fort Leonard Wood, are feeling the stressors and anticipatory feelings associated with a PCS. Indeed, overcoming the complexities, and demands connected to a PCS require a measure of strength, unity, and resilience that truly reveals military service as a devoted calling to selfless service and obedience. The constant cycle of moving, establishment, uprooting, and replanting of the military family makes me reflect on the wanderings of Abraham.
He was a sojourner in a strange land with no permanent place to lay his head. Yet, God promised to make Abraham great.
Originating in Ur, he worked his way across the Fertile Crescent, and eventually reached the Promised Land. He wandered and pitched his tents as God directed. Abraham did not know what the future held but he had great faith in the one who held his future. He accepted the already but not yet condition in which he lived.
Hebrews 11: 8 states that, “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.”
Dear friends, be content wherever you find yourself, and allow God to direct your path. Have faith, and set your hand to the plow. Dream big, and keep in mind the reward spoken of in Galatians 6:9b which states, “we shall reap, if we faint not.”
(Editor’s note: Roberson is the U.S. Army Engineer School Regimental chaplain.)