Where Does God Want Us?

One thing most military families can’t avoid — moving. Sometimes you head to the place you’ve always dreamed of going. Sometimes you head to the place that’s dead last on your list. And sometimes you can’t even decide where to go in the first place. A worship song that sticks with me as a military wife is Chris Tomlin’s “I Will Follow.”

Where you go, I’ll go. Where you stay, I’ll stay. When you move, I’ll move. I will follow.

We like to think that the military controls where we go, but let’s not leave God out of the equation. Maybe you didn’t get that dream duty station not because there weren’t any openings, but because God wanted you to be somewhere else.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God may have a new mission field for you. It might not be in the middle of Africa or Asia. It might be in a place where the majority of people are already Christians. Wherever it is, if you focus on doing HIS work while you’re there, instead of solely focusing on your own agenda and emotions, you’ll have a much better experience.

We can plan and talk to detailers all we want, but at the end of the day, we’ll go where God needs us most. It’s okay to pray for that dream location, but at the same time, add a “not my will, but yours” at the end of it.  And when you get to wherever you’re going, say another prayer that God will help make you useful while you’re there.


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