Orders Nightmare

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
(Proverbs 16:3)

My wife and I are leaning on this verse heavily as I enter my second month of orders negotiation. My detailer has already told me he wants me to "go to the school house" and either teach or lead a maintenance division. Now, anyone who knows me knows I would love instructor duty.There is, however, a problem. The base where I would be an instructor or be in the maintenance department is 70 miles away from the nearest treatment center for our daughter Samantha, and that is a civilian hospital, complete with co-payments and the like.The nearest military hospital that treats Sam's disease of cystic fibrosis is Bethesda, which is 80 miles away from my prospective base.

This puts us in a bind, for which we are calling out to God for resolution. I'm not going to fib...I've been feeling pressure on all sides for the last few months. I want to be a good husband and father, so putting my family that far from a treatment facility is insane. But I don't know what to do when I'm being told that this base is the place where the Navy wants me to go.

So we pray. Honestly, I don't know what else to do. Alicia and I are praying that God will shut doors on everything that doesn't help care for Samantha. We understand and accept that he may put us in what might be a rough situation to fulfill his will for us, but we are hopeful that his will contains a base closer to a treatment facility for Samantha's cystic fibrosis.

Please, if you believe in prayer, would you pray for us? I don't know what else to do. Pray that God would help me negotiate with the detailer. Pray that he would take care of Samantha. Pray that he will ease the burden we feel. We have prayed I Peter 5:7 as well, hoping that God hears our cry. I believe he will hear yours too.

I'm sorry to sound so desperate, but it is what it is, and God is my only answer.


arabelle marie said...

Praying for you guys.