In the Eye of the Storm- Trust and Go

As we waited in line for one of our favorite restaurants to open, I glanced back at a man standing in line alone behind us. My eyes were drawn to a colorful bracelet that the man was wearing but immediately he saw me and commented “yes that is a back brace that I am wearing” ( he had a back brace which could be seen secured to his waistline), so  I hesitated at first but then decided to just trust and go as I explained to him that I was actually looking at his bracelet and inquired about it. The man, I learned was also a veteran soldier and introduced himself as Phil as he shook my hand. As we talked he showed me his bracelet and allowed me to take pictures.  Square charms made up the bracelet, each of which he received while attending therapy support group meetings.  He commented that he attended the meetings for his post traumatic stress stemming from his service in the U..S. Coastguard. He explained that the support group is compiled of other military service men and women from all five branches who suffer from similar disorders.  They relate to one another having an understanding of what each may have been subjected to in their line of military service.

Pictured is the military bracelet with the charms.

I asked Phil about where he had served and he told me about his three years of active service in the Middle East working in various security positions including the guarding of seaports. His work took him to distant places to thwart off the advancement of pirates. He expressed that what he saw and experienced was very disturbing.  So I thanked him for his service; my husband thanked him too!  His response was that it was his honor and privilege to serve.  After sensing a nudge, I decided to trust and go! I gave to Phil my Godwink business card thinking that perhaps something that is shared here on my blog, might strike a chord in his heart if he stops by to read a little.  Sharing my faith in Christ who strengthens me, who gives me joy and new life is my privilege.

 

That exchange got me to thinking about the fact that we all have a story. If he and I had not struck up conversation with one another, I never would have learned a bit of his story nor been able to thank him for his service.   So, I thought I would pose this question: how are you personally engaging with others in the world?  Do you ever sense an urge to do something to help someone or simply reach out, but then pass if off as too out of the ordinary or just decide not to make the effort for fear of how your action or words might be received?

Stepping out of our comfort zone is good for us as it develops our character,while building self confidence. As we get more comfortable in speaking to others,it becomes easier to share ourselves, and our gifts, as we  reflect Christ’s image from within us.  He’s there in you and in me just waiting to be given a bigger role in our lives.  When we invite God to present us with opportunities to serve, we better not be surprised at what He may have up His God sleeve.  Oh, but what a complete blessing it can be if we just trust and go as we serve.

So, just thought that I would close this post with an idea.  Given the many sad circumstances that surround us whether it’s in our families, communities and world at large, why not make it a goal to step out and bless one person or situation daily by offering up yourself. And, when you sense a nudge, don’t hesitate, don’t stop just  trust and go!

So I heard a song on the radio just now and felt the nudge to share a few of the lines here.

THESE ARE ESPECIALLY FOR YOU, PHIL ! My U.S. Coastguard friend…

“Eye Of The Storm” by: Ryan Stevanson
(feat. GabeReal)

In the eye of the storm, You remain in control
And in the middle of the war, You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me in the eye of the storm
When the solid ground is falling out from underneath my feet
Between the black skies, and my red eyes, I can barely see
When I realize I’ve been sold out by my friends and my family
I can feel the rain reminding me

In the eye of the storm, You remain in control
In the middle of the war, You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me in the eye of the storm
Mmm, when my hopes and dreams are far from me, and I’m runnin’ out of faith
I see the future I picture slowly fade away
And when the tears of pain and heartache are pouring down my face
I find my peace in Jesus’ name

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

TRUST AND GO!! and SERVE

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