Being a military spouse, you get used to the constant moving. Not that one always like it, but it just goes with the territory of military life. But there usually is a place or two on everyone's list that ranks at the very bottom for desirable places to live. We all have our different reasons. Some prefer the cold, others warmer climates. Some love the plentiful trees and flowers of the south, others the wide open spaces of the west, still others the heartland of America. If you ask most military people, they can give you the one or two places they would least like to go…and the reasons for it. There have only ever been two on my list…otherwise, I am pretty easy going when it comes to picking up and planting myself somewhere else. The first place I would never choose…Alaska. Why? The six months of light deprivation would probably drive me crazy. I NEED my sunshine! It makes me happy! The second place I would never choose…Oklahoma! Now, for you Oklahomans out there…nothing personal. This is just my list. I wasn't too crazy about my own southern hometown either. Two days ago, we found out where we are going next…want to take a guess? FORT SILL, OKLAHOMA! Yes, number two on my least desirable place to live. In case you are curious about this place I will soon call home...here we go:
1) LOTS and LOTS of days of 100 degree weather.
2) Home of the brown tarantula (Did I ever tell you I have arachnophobia?)
3) Has my second least favorite arachnid - the scorpion.
4) 301% above the national average for tornado activity
5) Higher than the national average crime rate…need I go on?
Yes, in September (Praise the Lord He gave me 8 months to get a handle on this one) we are Oklahoma bound.
But, the most discouraging news…the two things I prayed about most…finding a doctor who specializes in the care I need and a good church. God knew that even Ft. Sill would be welcome if those two factors were met.
I don't know about the church yet…but there is not a single chiropractic doctor that specializes in the care I need in the whole state of Oklahoma. The nearest one…three hours away in Texas.
So, what am I to do? Cry? Check…did that! Have myself a pity party? Check…did that too! Get mad at God! Heaven forbid! Does this mean He doesn't love me? That He doesn't understand my needs? That He didn't ordain these events for my good? No, it doesn't. How can I talk about the Sovereignty of a loving God and not believe it when things like this come into my life? This is one of those moments when I do not see the hand of my God…but I choose to trust His heart. I know He loves me…I know He knows my physical needs…and I believe that He will work ALL things for my good. So, no more pity parties, crying spells, and rantings about the negatives. God has ordained that I go to Oklahoma…what do I believe He will do?
1) Give me lots of sunshine with that 100 degree weather…after all, sunshine makes me happy.
2) Help me face my fear of spiders.
3) Oh, and scorpions too!
4) Show me that He is the God of the storms of life…whether they be the ones over the horizon, or the ones I face personally
5) Show me that He is the One I put my safety in…not what man can do to me.
What about the doctor? Well, I am trusting Him for a miracle…and Oklahoma is just as good a place for a miracle as any other!