We are a few days into the New Year, which means a few days past the half way mark for this deployment! I spent most of the first three months with a goal in mind; make it to January 1st, and then your half way done. Now that we have reached that goal my motivation has gone down quite a bit. Everything out here is very cyclical, which includes the work, the meals, the minimum entertainment, and the people. We basically all wake up at the same time, we eat our meals at the same time, we work together all day, and then we are around each other most of the evening. We all dream of being back at home with the ones we love. Simply put, we want to be doing the things we choose, with whom we choose, at the time we choose. Lately it has felt like some sort of prison. Obviously I don’t know what prison feels like, and I’m sure it’s NOT that bad here! However, my favorite song to escape to this week has been Johnny Cash, “Folsom Prison Blues.”
Most days lately I feel like, as Cash sings, “I’m stuck in Folsom Prison, and time keeps dragging on.” Melissa and I cannot wait until April comes! We both need your continued thoughts and prayers to make it through this second half. I feel like I’m stuck in a detention center of some sort, and Melissa has been feeling like she is stuck in a rut. It’s a shame we can’t be around to help each other out, but great we both have faith…some days stronger than others. I just wish I could be like Peter in Acts 12:6-11. How great would it be to have an angel appear to me in prison, take off my chains and tell me, “Get up, get dressed, and follow me out of the country.”
Enjoy the song, it's what I have enjoyed all week.