Last summer while we were busy keeping cool in the pool,Michael was busy being a poster boy for the army…drilling teeth while dodging mortar attacks in the simmering Saharan sandbox of Iraq.So, it seems nothing less than poetic justice that this summer Michael is swimming with sea turtlesdigging in the sand with his daughtersand chasing rainbows with his wife in Hawaii, where he’s been transferred to begin a two-year dental residency program (during which time he can’t be deployed again)! 🙂As Mary Louise Roberts (World War II nurse) says of experience in a war zone: “I wouldn’t trade it for a million dollars but I wouldn’t give you two cents for another day of it” (The Greatest Generation, p. 178). I’m so, so grateful that Michael made it safely home, and I’m likewise thrilled that he’s enjoying this time of rest in Hawaii Five-O (= 50th state) for his Four-A family!
May we all find hope in knowing that God often eventually delivers us from trials and gives us times of deep refreshment!
“The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” (Psalm 34:7)
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103: 1-2)