Go forward!- The Struggle of Deployment - The Warrior's Journey®

Go forward!- The Struggle of Deployment

Author: Brenda Pace, Author of "Journey of a Military Wife"

Seabees begin their return home from Afghanistan.. Photo by U.S. Navy is licensed under CC By 2.0

Hard things can produce strength, and struggle is an essential ingredient of any forward movement

The LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground. And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they shall go in after them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, his chariots, and his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten glory over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.” (Exodus 14:15–18)

1st Lt. Michael Keyser, A Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, crawls through an obstacle during Pre-Ranger Assessment Course, March 1.I do not swim well. In a pool, I stay close to the edge so I can quickly grab it if I feel like I might sink. That edge means safety to me.

I wonder how many of the Israelites could not swim well. The Israelites faced the challenge of walking through walls of water with no edge to hold on to and no defensive shield to hold the water back. My response would be: Push me, carry me, or knock me out, then tell me when we are on the other side.

I have felt overwhelmed when my husband has been deployed. On those days, I wished someone could just knock me out and revive me when it was over. Melodramatic, yes. Honest, yes. I did not want to think about a tidal wave of loneliness that could crush me, a wave of responsibility that could engulf me, or a tsunami of fear that could overpower me.

You have to sometimes overcome what should be a natural fear. The Israelites did not have to make the entire journey to the Promised Land through walls of water, but the first part of the journey presented a huge challenge. They had to take a step of trust. They faced a legitimate fear. If anyone could stand frozen in fear, it was these sojourners. Except, God was the one who held the walls of water from overtaking them.

Some days of deployment will bring more struggle than other days. The sad truth is that we often bow out of the struggle before we gain the strength that can come from the struggle. Hard things can produce strength, and struggle is an essential ingredient of any forward movement.

Just as the Lord released the water at just the right time to drown the enemies of Israel, he can drown your fears and your discontentment. He can drown anything that may threaten your personal victory in him. With God, you can move forward. Do not abandon the struggle too soon.


What is your natural response to struggle? What are you learning as you ride out the wave of struggle?

Prayer for the Journey

Lord, do not let me give up too soon. Help me to persevere through the struggle knowing you are ever present to guide me, sustain me, and help me grow. Amen.

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