Everyday my husband goes to his "real job"....the one he gets paid to do. He leaves the house at the same time each morning and gets home at the same time each evening. His job is stressful at times but he is great at what he does and we are very blessed that he has it. I never worry about him or his safety while he's there.
Then there is his "other" job. The one where he works about once or twice a week and almost always that is at night. The one where he wears a starched uniform......a bullet proof vest...and a belt that weighs about 15lbs and contains a gun and some other stuff he may need. This is also the job that he does for FREE...he does NOT get paid. This is the job that when he leaves I pray over him EVERY SINGLE TIME he leaves and prays he comes home! Lately, I have worried more and even told him not to long ago that I do not like him doing this anymore....even though I know he loves it. I know it means a lot to him to have earned that badge and he takes it very serious. He graduated top of his class at the academy and won every award there was for his class.
I even voiced to my close friend last week that I was praying that God would take the desire to do this job away from him and that he would quit. I have prayed that a few times lately!
Then today....our preacher started the service with a "thank you" to our armed forces and then to anyone that is a "first responder" and it dawned on me..."That is what Marc is!" He stood up, along with a bunch of others, and I found myself being very proud. I also suddenly felt very convicted about my prayer lately. God reminded me at that time who Marc really is....he is a helper....he is quick on his feet....he is calm in a storm....and he is very smart! He is someone that you would want protecting you or responding to you in a tragedy like 911. The Lord reminded me that if there weren't people like Marc then what would our world be like. I know that I would want him or someone like him protecting me in a time of crisis! So, right then I changed my prayer from my selfish want to just prayer of protection and a prayer of thankfulness for making Marc the way he is.