G-d is Good to me and I don't know why - my first night in my new town
This is a discussion on G-d is Good to me and I don't know why - my first night in my new town within the Bob & Terry's Place forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Here, http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ay-border.html , I posted a little about my adventure becoming a Patrol Agent. Tonight, I am spending my first night in my new town ...
July 5th, 2009 01:31 AM
G-d is Good to me and I don't know why - my first night in my new town
Here, http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ay-border.html , I posted a little about my adventure becoming a Patrol Agent. Tonight, I am spending my first night in my new town here in West Texas. I suppose it couldn't have been a better choice of dates. I want to share the rest of the story, the part that I have delayed until now.
I enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2005 with the intent of learning about the Corps while I earned my commission. I ended up getting hurt and served for two years only and ending my dream of a butter bar. That year, I had moved to Memphis to go to school that fall and realized that I liked the farm, purchased by my family in 1823, much better anyway. I transfered to a school closer to my house so that I could commute. I kept my major, Spanish, because I didn't really know what else to do. I figured I could be a cop in the town where I went to high school and it'd be a good job.
A few days before my 21st birthday in 2007, I tested the Jackson Police Department. I passed the test and then went for an interview, which I failed. I tested again, and again failed the interview. A third time I tested and a third time I failed the interview. Some time during 2006/7, a friend of mine from Connecticut told me that I should apply to the Border Patrol; I told him he was crazy; I wasn't ever leaving that farm. In February 2008, I applied to test again with the JPD.
In May 2008, my mother sent me an email telling me that the Border Patrol recruiters were in Jackson; I told her that she was crazy and I wasn't ever leaving that farm again. I was working in the day doing construction at the hospital and at night at a restaurant. One day in June, I had the night off and I came home from work and sat reading the classifieds and half way listening to the news. The anchor announced that the Border Patrol recruiters were in Jackson. I thought "oh, I remember Mom telling me about that... whatever." Then I looked down to see the same ad in the classifieds. I then thought "this should be mildly entertaining. I'm going to listen in." I went to Jackson and heard the spill from the recruiters. They invited me to apply and I said "whatever" and I did for some reason; I still don't know why.
I came home and a friend of mine from Michigan IMed me, mentioning something about the Border Patrol and asked if I had ever thought about applying. It was kind of strange.
My dad, an amateur missionary, was in Matamoros, Mexico that week. The next night, he called me and told me that he was talking to the missionary about me and the missionary suggested that I apply to the Border Patrol. I asked him when and he confirmed that it was about the time that I was applying. It was a little strange.
A few weeks went by and for some reason I read the book of Jonah. If you are unfamiliar, it's a story about a guy that got instructions from G-d, went on his own program, and got swallowed by a fish. I have no idea why I read that book; I knew the story from childhood.
The next night, I came home to find two pieces of mail on my keyboard. The first one had the return address "City of Jackson" in the envelope familiar to me; I knew it was another invite to test for the PD and I was excited. It gave me the test date of Friday 18 July at 0830 in Jackson. I thought "here I go again. I've got it this time."
The second envelope said "Department of Homeland Security" and I figured it might be something about the Border Patrol. It was an invitation to test... on Friday 18 July at 0900 in Memphis. I thought "oh well, I'm taking the PD's test again." Then I remembered everything that had happened before and that I had read Jonah the night before. I thought, "I know what I want, but I don't want to get swallowed by a fish." On Friday 18 July, I was in Memphis.
I tested and passed. I took my physical, and by Grace, I passed. Then came my interview. I had never received a job after an interview. This was my demon. I passed the interview.
In January 2009, I got asked to go translate for a group going to Matamoros to work with the same people that my dad went for. I said that I would so long as I didn't get notification to wait on a call from the hiring center by the time the group got ready to leave, a Friday morning. On Thursday night, I got the notification. I decided to go to Mexico anyway. We were there eight days.
We had crossed the border and had been in the States about an hour when my phone rang. It was the hiring center with a job offer. I accepted and had no idea where was the station that I had accepted.
I entered on duty three weeks later in February. My sector's Chief Patrol Agent gave us a talk and asked us what the badge means. After going around and not receiving a satisfactory answer, he told us that it means "trust." It is a symbol that they trust us enough to go do the job.
I went to the Border Patrol Academy at FLETC Artesia, New Mexico and did well. I didn't get injured, and this has been the longest period for me without an injury since I was 12 years old. On the day we graduated and got our badges, my family came. We went out to supper before they left me there to do eight weeks of Spanish that I shouldn't have been in. My mother gave me a little coin. On one side it says "TRUST." On the other, it has Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the L-RD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." It was like she knew what the Chief had said and had picked it out for that; she had no idea.
In the Spanish that I was so dreading, I was selected class lead and got the opportunity to teach a bit of Spanish and learn a lot of tactics that the nativos lost the opportunity for when they passed the Spanish test. I met some people that I would have otherwise likely never met, some that I am hoping to continue with a life-long relationship.
I went home last week and stayed a few days on leave. I left early and I don't really know why. I stopped by the Academy again to visit my friends on their holiday. And here I sit in my new town on my first night here, 4 July 2009. I start la chamba (work) on Monday. I thank G-d for this opportunity and hope that you are blessed by my story as much as I am by recalling it. G-d is Good to me and I don't know why.
The preceding post may contain sarcasm; it's just better that way. However, it is still intended with construction and with the Love of my L-rd Y'shua.
NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, World Drifter
July 5th, 2009 01:49 AM
Absolutely fantastic...the Father has something special waiting ahead for you. It's funny how so many doors are opened and closed in life.
If you really want to make God laugh, tell him your plans...I've given him a ton of laughs (I've always been a stubborn, slow learner)
Work hard and keep your eyes and heart on the real 'prize'...
Thanks for sharing.
Proverbs 27:12 says: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”
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July 5th, 2009 02:22 AM
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July 5th, 2009 02:44 AM
Great read Agave,. God will direct your paths if you trust in Him for sure.. Glad you didn't keep going until the fish got ya,..
Keep us posted on the new job,.. We have a ton of BP around here, most that I have talked to enjoy there job..
July 5th, 2009 08:21 AM
Thanks for sharing.
July 5th, 2009 08:51 AM
God has been good to me too. Recent "yes" answered prayer cleared up reasons some previous prayer was answered "no".
PS: We are still free to spell His name out completely.
For God, Family and Country!
July 5th, 2009 10:08 AM
Having read your posts now for awhile, I just want to tell you how cheered I was by your nice report.
Good luck to you.
July 5th, 2009 02:20 PM
Great story. I don't think you'll have to worry about a fish now.
"Just blame Sixto"
I reserve the right to make fun, point and laugh etc.
July 5th, 2009 02:45 PM
Good deal, glad that everything is working out for you.
Buena suerte y todo lo mejor.
July 5th, 2009 02:53 PM
I am glad for you. In my family, my parents had a saying. "People make Plans and G-d Laughs". Agave, keep us protected and please stay safe.
"When the people fear the government you have tyranny...when the government fears the people you have liberty."
--Thomas Jefferson --
July 5th, 2009 03:01 PM
awesome, I have a friend that is with the Border patrol, stationed in arizona.
July 5th, 2009 03:54 PM
Congratulations, we never know what he has in store for us. He has been with me for 76 years and thru two wars and here I am. Follow him and you will do well.
Its a shame that youth is wasted on the young.
July 5th, 2009 04:27 PM
Please feel free to Thank God and praise the Lord!!!
and in that day shall ye say: "Praise the LORD! Call upon His name! Declare His doings among the people; make mention that His name is exalted.
July 5th, 2009 05:01 PM
Great news, Agave!
Enjoy! And give thanks, as I know you do.
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliott
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
July 5th, 2009 05:14 PM
Agave, you are indeed blessed. We serve an awesome God.
You have been given a big responsibility.
You are now one of our nation's gatekeepers.
Stop the bad guy's from entering and allow the one's in who deserve to be here.
Always keep your guard up!
"I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."
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