Today I am posting two imaginary letters. The author of this work is unknown, but the spiritual lesson is profound.
Title: Request for Transfer
To: Commander in Chief, Spiritual Armed Forces, Jesus Christ
I am writing this to You to request a transfer to a desk job.
I herewith present my reasons:
I began my career as a private, but because of the intensity of the
battle You have quickly moved me up in the ranks. You have made
me an officer and given me a tremendous amount of responsibility.
There are many soldiers and recruits under my charge. I am
constantly being called upon to dispense wisdom, make judgments,
and find solutions to complex problems. You have placed me in a
position to function as an officer, when in my heart I know I have
only the skills of a private. I realize that you have promised to
supply all I would need for the battle. But Sir, I must present You
a realistic picture of my equipment.
My uniform, once so crisp and starched, is now stained with the tears
and blood of those I have tried to assist. The soles of my boots are
cracked and worn from the miles I have walked trying to enlist and
encourage the troops. My weapons are marred, tarnished
and chipped from constant battle against the enemy. Even the Book
of Regulations I was issued has been torn and tattered from
endless use. The words are now smeared.
You have promised You would be with me throughout, but when
the noise of the battle is so loud and the confusion is so great,
I can neither see nor hear You. I feel so alone. I’m tired.
I’m discouraged. I have Battle Fatigue. I would never ask you for a
discharge. I love being in Your service. But I humbly request a
demotion and transfer. I’ll file papers or clean latrines.
Just get me out of the battle — please, Sir.
Your Faithful, but tired soldier.
Shortly after, the soldier received this letter from the Commander in Chief:
To: Faithful, but Tired Soldier, Spiritual Armed Forces
Location: The Battlefield
Your request for transfer has been denied.
I herewith present My reasons:
You are needed in this battle.
I have selected you, and I will keep My Word to supply your need.
You do not need a demotion and transfer.
(You’d never cut it on latrine duty.)
You need a period of “R and R” — Renewal and Rekindling.
I am setting aside a place on the battlefield
that is insulated from all sound
and fully protected from the enemy.
I will meet you there and I will give you rest.
I will remove your old equipment and “make all things new.”
You have been wounded in the battle, My soldier.
Your wounds are not visible,
but you have received grave internal injuries.
You need to be healed.
I will heal you.
You have been weakened in the battle.
You need to be strengthened.
I will strengthen you and be your strength.
I will instill in you confidence and ability.
My Words will rekindle within you a renewed love, zeal and enthusiasm.
Report to Me tattered and empty.
I will refill you.