Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Can God find a Catalytic Converter

Its been more than a week since I’ve been on here. Since then I’ve come off active duty and am back home with the family, jobless and restless in a lot of ways. Had a wonderful blessing in my life over the past two weeks. My dad, Jack SR, got a new vehicle and needed to get rid of his Ford Sport-track. He new I needed a new car and offered me his. It’s exactly what I need. Last weekend we went to Sunset Beach, NC where he lives, ate some fish, played some golf and picked up the car. About 50 miles out of town the thing just died… no power. I had no idea what was wrong. It was hot and we were stuck in Sparky’s Truck stop on the way to Myrtle Beach SC. We waited on the tow truck for three hours…we were miserable, the kids were hot and whiny…so was Tammy and maybe me too. My military experience of hurry up and wait became a distinct advantage. We prayed, for the tow truck to get there, for help with the truck and for us to get our attitudes right. Eddie, the tow truck drive finally showed up. He had hair like Conway Twitty, you know that poofy, swooped back, stiff as a board, big hair…fitting! He towed it up to Florence SC where we dropped it at the Ford dealership there. My hope was that they could fix it the next day. That was Sunday June 10. Today is Tuesday June 19; I still don’t have a car. I called back the next day and found out a piece of the catalytic converter at the manifold had broken up and destroyed the rest of the converter and stopped up the exhaust. Your car will not run with it like that. So, I said get the part and fix it. Well then it gets interesting. Ford doesn’t make the parts anymore and only one vendor has them. Somehow in this day of modern technology, computers, ipods, the space shuttle, high speed automation this part is incredibly hard to find. Every day I’d call back and get the same response, “Nope, it ain’t here, check back tomorrow!” I am so sick of hearing that line. Well come to find out that that part will not be available until August 15! So the service manger checked the parts data base that searches parts from 3800 Ford dealerships and they found exactly one of these things in Denver! Amazing. So the Denver guys shipped us the one part in existence at this time and it is currently being installed on that truck. All that to say this, that little prayer I said in the hot at the truck stop….it got answered…not in my timing, but in God’s. There are a lot of folks that think God is too big to involve Himself in the mundane of our lives, but I think not. I think God not only heals, and saves and raises the dead but can even find a catalytic converter that doesn’t exist.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Graduation....Finally

Today was my final graduation ceremony. I guess after 11 nine week cycles I finally got it right and they let me go. I have seen over 7000 of these kids come through over the last 27 months. It seems like a long time. It has been. It has been good though. I've included my final prayer for these soldiers. It was a bitter sweet moment. But then I thought about being able to come home every day to my wife and my children and thought about the last 800+ days being away from them and the moment just turned sweet. Closing another chapter and beginning a new one.

You are magnificent God! You have made all that we see here. The world around us, the sky above us, the ground under our feet. You set the stars in motion, built up the mountains high and gave breath to every living thing. Lord God you have made us too. We didn’t do it. All we have has come from you, our children, our wives and husbands, mothers and fathers, our friends; our very existence we owe to You and You alone. You have blessed us with a nation that is free, where we can worship in freedom; live and work in freedom. It is a gift. Today we look out at young men and women who believe that this nation is worth defending. They have sweat and toiled and learned and overcome. They have been lead by the tireless efforts of their drill sgts and cadre. And we just stop right now and give thanks that our nation, our freedom is worth it, it demands our best and so does serving You. We send them out today and I ask Almighty God that you would do an awesome work in this troubled world through these standing before us. Give us the strength and courage to serve You and our nation with a greater devotion than we can muster on our own. Be exalted Oh God today in us and through us. Amen.


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