Sometimes life can be as unpredictable as a PCS move

| March 28, 2014 | 0 Comments


Chaplain (Capt.) John Han
225th Brigade Support Battalion
2nd Stryker Bde. Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

I am pretty positive that most of us Soldiers and families have experienced a permanent change of station, or PCS move.

Before we go to our next duty assignment, Soldiers receive the opportunity to pick three preference assignments.

Unfortunately, we don’t always get the duty assignments we picked.

In fact, sometimes we don’t exactly know where we’re going for our next PCS move, so the move can become unpredictable and often shocking.

I know exactly how this feels. I received the opportunity to pick three preference assignments for my first duty station. I picked three preference assignments in this order: Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Lewis, Wash.; and Fort Benning, Ga.

I imagined deep in my heart that I would probably be offered one of these duty stations. In fact, I thought that I would be assigned somewhere on the mainland. Instead, I received a phone call from my personnel manager advising me that I would be going to Hawaii. I tell you, that was a pleasant surprise.

Life is very much like a PCS move. We may not know where we’re going!

So, what do we do if life is so unpredictable and shocking? There is great advice from Scripture found in the book of James 4:13-17. It says, “Now listen, you who say, ‘today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.

“What is your life?” it continues. “You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”

Many times, we think that we know what our life will be like in the next year. But, the fact is, we have no clue what will happen to us in the next minute from now; life cannot be predicted.

Last week, I left my keys in my office and locked myself out. If I’d known that I’d leave my keys, I wouldn’t have locked my door. Since we don’t know what will happen within the next minute, let us simply trust in the Lord for His guidance.

Again, God says that our lives are like “a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14). Since our life is so short and fragile, we ought to depend upon God who knows all things.

When we surrender our life to the Lord, he takes care of us. That’s why God says, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?

“Look at the birds of the air,” it continues. “They do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:25-27.)

God tells us to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself” (Matthew 6:33-34).

These verses are good advice for Soldiers and families. Better to trust God, do our best, be honest and not worry about the rest!


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