Truth for turbulent times helps us endure, persevere

| July 16, 2013 | 0 Comments


Chaplain (Capt.) James Fryer
325th Brigade Support Battalion
3rd Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

As many are beginning to make a permanent change of station this summer, and many families and single Soldiers are coming and leaving the islands of Hawaii, the challenges of tearing up the roots of relationships and routines that have formed are real.

Saying goodbye to friends and co-workers in the transitional times of life can add to the complexity of life day-by-day and week-by-week.

Additionally, the pressures, deadlines and preparing self and family for a new home and new relationships can, in itself, bring a measure of uneasiness and perhaps disorientation.

Individuals may find themselves asking the questions of life that come during transitional periods, wondering what will happen in the new situation or how they or their family members will be able to manage the change.

Often, the way to resolving a challenging situation, like uprooting self and family, begins with the acknowledgment that help is needed to react to potential dilemma in a constructive way. Unless one sees a predicament as their responsibility to face in an act of self-confrontation, he/she will never take the steps necessary towards resolving of the difficulty.

Untold and complicated difficulties are encountered often in the life of the average U.S. Army household. Yet, without a strategy to tackle those difficulties, the race of life can frequently become overwhelming. At times, smaller problems unaddressed can slowly progress into something where we need to pursue one greater than ourselves in order to overcome.

Psalms 121:1b-3 of the Old Testament offers the answer:

“From whence shall my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.”

Indeed, the Psalm writer states that the one who keeps our lives “will neither slumber nor sleep” (Ps. 121:4).

What great comfort available to the heart of man! In light of this heaven-sent help, I am able to face whatever happens to me in life.

Individuals should logically never come to the conclusion that things are hopeless and beyond repair. When we are able to sit back and think about the variety of options we face in fixing a problem situation, we can constructively approach the need.

However, we should not think that we are all-powerful within ourselves, but defer much to God who has made us and graciously cares for our world.

It is my belief that in light of our human nature, that God intends for man to depend upon him and seek him in a personal relationship.

Therefore, may we each be encouraged that God always extends his help to us to have the strength to endure and persevere in difficult times.

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.”

— John F. Kennedy


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