If I was asked to describe military living in a word, it would be “transience.”
Even as I write this, sitting in my office staring out the front window of my base home, there is a moving truck taking up the entire view and my soon-to-be ex-neighbor is frantically loading up her belongings.
I wish I could say it’s hyperbole, but the truth is, I see moving trucks every week come barreling down our street. Some taking families away to their next duty station on another base and some bringing new families to town and dropping them off for their brief two to three year stint here in North Carolina.
Constant change. Continual transition. That is at the core of being a military spouse.
Even though The Pilot and I will not move for another several years, our community is in constant flux. This realization then begs the question:
How much effort do I really put into relationships here? How much heart and soul will I choose to pour into lives that, when all is said and done, I may never really know? Why would I continually put myself out there to make friends when they’re just going to leave and our paths are not promised to cross again?
Because Jesus said so. That’s why.
The more I think about it, the more it dawns on me that Jesus is a perfect example for military families. Always on the move, never in one town for long, but always making every effort to be intentional and focused enough to show love, give compassion, and share the good news.
May be one shot is all you get with your neighbor. One interaction was all Jesus had with plenty of people who would forever be changed by the small amount of time He took to look them in the eye and tell them the truth.
So while the house across the street is now empty, I know it won’t be for long. And when the next family moves in, I pray that God would grant me the courage and faith to make every effort to let them know I am glad that they are here and that a helping hand is just next door.
Who is your neighbor today? What door of opportunity has God opened and invited you to walk through?
May we truly believe that no matter how small the calling, the only thing that matter is obedience.