PRAYER FOR YOUR FUTURE
I am thrilled to share that I was able to spend four days last week with my wonderful wife as I was granted a pass and met her in Dubai. I came to see Dubai as a sort of Las Vegas of the Middle East, with a lot of shiny things and unlimited western restaurants, but we had a great time in the historic section of Dubai. Later, we joined a traditional desert safari which included driving through the beautiful golden dunes at a speed and angle much more to my liking than Colette's! Needless to say, she agreed not to criticize my driving once I'm back home. The safari included a traditional bedouin dinner, a camel ride, and I was grateful for low humidity and no bugs, common to an outdoor summer experience in Minnesota.
Part of the thrill of reconnecting was talking about what's to come - our next season of life following deployment. We shared ideas about what our Family vacation might look like, or things that need fixing around the house, and how the next few years might unfold relative to ministry and military service.
As our congregation here at Camp Arifjan moves through teaching on the book of James, my recent study reminded me that absent God's hand in my planning, I am simply leaning on my own limited wisdom and understanding. My experience has taught me that while I can produce some short-term success on my own, my efforts will ultimately fail to produce anything of lasting value.
In Chapter 4 of James, verses 14-15, it says, "...you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
In Fulton Sheen's Wartime Prayer Book, a book to which I often refer during prayer huddles with Soldiers, he writes that "the perfect prayer is not one in which we tell God what we wish from Him, but rather one in which we ask God what He wishes from us."
LEADER PRAYER: Father, may our efforts to move through the seasons of life be filled with the knowledge that you love each of us, that you have a good plan for those who love you, and that by placing our hope and expectation in your capable hands, we will never be disappointed, and never despair. Strengthen us for the journey and equip us for the tasks you place before us as we deny ourselves and daily pick up our cross.