I know I’ve told this story before, I just don’t remember who I’ve told it to, I know, I know…my memory… ok, I’m pretty sure I’ve told it before…how’s that.
I’m in England. Joelle and I are trying to decide where to go for our next duty station, or get out. As a side note my vote was for getting out, I was unhappy and was just FINISHED WITH THE NAVY. My son was born with mild birth defect that had to be operated on in the spring of 2006 at Lakenheath Air Base just north of London. So we are up there TAD(Temporary Assigned Duty) for 10 days or so. Nothing to do but keep Jake happy, give his meds, make sure things are clean, and…you guessed it…watch TV. What did we hear? Japan this, Japan that, this week in Okinawa the weather is going to be sunny and warm with a chance of showers…Okuma somethin’ somethin'(Okuma is the military resort on Okinawa where we live) Okinawa, Okinawa, Okinawa…we began to wonder if God was trying to tell us something through the TV…So here we are Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan.
It’s time again to pick orders. Our prayers about where to go next have not been as complicated as they were in England. I guess part of that is I’m starting to realize I’m just gonna have to stay in this sucker ’til I hit my 20. (That’s when I get to retire from the Navy) We’ve prayed but we’ve heard that we can make it to Whidbey Island, near Seattle, pretty easily from here. There’s also some orders to Naples, Italy that would be divine (and Joelle’s favorite place in the world) and the food…. So I e-mail my detailer, he’s the guy that issues me orders, and he says he’s got some openings for the sea component that didn’t make it on the requisitions that are on the internet, do I want them? (That’s a bunch of military jargon that means I can go to Whidbey Island) Oh man, I’m gonna have to ask Jo if we should take a chance and see if those Naples orders come back up. I got home from work and we just figured a bird in an egg is worth 3 in the half shell or whatever. We are watching Brothers and Sisters and some chick on the show is moving to…you guessed it…Seattle.
Joelle says “this is just funny”, I’m trying to be totally cool about it but I think maybe God’s talking to us through the TV again. I think I am probably going to end up in Whidbey Island, Washington near Seattle. I’ll of course keep you posted on what is happening, but I did write the guy back and tell him yes we want to go.
Here’s another one. I’m reading the Pioneer Woman Cooks and the recipe looks interesting when I get down to where she adds the sea salt…guess what kind she has. No really, guess…Okay…Puget Sound Sea Salt.
I guess the bottom line is, I don’t know what God’s voice sounds like. I don’t “hear” Him talking to me try as I might, I have a hard time putting the stories in the Bible together with one another. I believe He exists, I believe He died for my sins, I believe he answers prayers. It seems for me, when he wants me to KNOW He’s talking to me…He puts it on TV.