I'm in the Lord's Army

Some trust in chariots & some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.  Psalm 20:7

I was sitting close to the front of the airplane in an aisle seat so I saw the young woman walk on to the plane.  Her face was all splotchy; like she had been crying hard & as she got closer to me it was apparent that tears still flooded her eyes.  She got to my row & motioned that the seat next to me belonged to her.  She was wearing a blue t-shirt & denim shorts so I didn’t realize until she sat down that she was carrying a U.S. Army issued backpack.  Then it all made sense.  She was leaving the people she loved.  I leaned over & quietly said, “I’m here for the next 3 hours if you need me”.  She nodded but spoke no words, as I’m sure the lump in her throat pushed them down.  She quickly put in some earphones & proceeded to listen to music. 

The next 3 hours we sat side by side & she never said anything but occasionally she would cry.  My mind didn’t stop for the whole plane ride back home & I began to pray that the Lord would let me minister to this young girl in some way. 

As we began our descent for landing I knew I would have to seize my moment or it would never happen.  So I tapped her on the shoulder & she took out her earphones. I asked her name & where she was going.  Her response, “I’ve got to catch a connection in Dallas & tomorrow I’ll go over the pond”.  It was her way of letting me know she was being deployed.  She told me it was her 5th time to go overseas & it never got easier to leave her people. 

I told her I was so sorry for the hurt in her heart & that my family & I were so thankful for her sacrifice.  I told her we knew it was difficult and how much we appreciated her.  Then I said the only thing I could ~ 

“can I pray for you?” 

“Yes, please.” The words sounded as though the offer were a lifeline to her soul.  We grabbed hands & I prayed, then we hugged as though we had known each other for years.  It was all I could do to slightly ease her pain.  I knew if I could give her Jesus for a moment, peace would fall on her & give her some reprieve from her pain. 

We went our separate ways but I knew that night I was deployed to be in the Lord’s army.  I use to sing the song when I was little…

I may never march in the infantry, ride in the cavalry, shoot the artillery, I may never zoom 'ore the enemy, but I'm in the Lord's army!

The sacrifice of our U.S. military is great.  In fact members of my own family have served & given all to protect our freedom, but God calls us to be soldiers for Him.  Looking for every opportunity to squelch the enemy.  Colossians {4:2-6} tells us to “continue earnestly in prayer, praying that God would open a door to speak the mystery of Christ & to walk in wisdom & redeem the time toward those who are on the outside”.

That night a prayer to the good Father eased the pain.  Other times we may be called to bring peace, hope or life to a situation where the enemy is trying to cloud it with darkness. 

This one thing we can be sure of,

freedom in the Lord depends on our faith to act where He leads us. 

The little things He calls us to do for His kingdom build a greater faith that will carry us to victory for eternity. 

Where is God calling you to serve him as a soldier for His eternal kingdom?  Is there someone in your life who needs you to do spiritual battle for him or her today?

Love, Cara