It was 2007 when one day I had the strongest thought come to my mind that I needed to go to the library. I had not been to the library in, well... forever. I was living in my newly purchased condo and figured I would need proof of residency so I grabbed a piece of mail off the counter to show my legitimacy and obtained a library card. I remember walking through the isles. I have always been a reader. While I my mission I was instructed by my mission President that I needed to send my suitcase of books home, that I could choose to keep a few, and that there would be a better time in my life to build up a library.
As I walked through the Orem, Utah library I noticed a book called "Warrior Soul" by former Navy SEAL Chuck Pfarrar. i remember the book seemed to jump out at me. Aside from about a 3 month period immediately after my mission where I strongly considered joining the Marine Corps, I have never been into the military, especially for literary entertainment or education.
I checked out the book. Since then I have read every Navy SEAL authored book I can get my hands on. Last week I finished Fearless - a must read for anyone.
Of all the books I have read and of all the SEAL authored books I have read Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor has a story that I will never forget and think of often. While tumbling down the mountain in a futile escape from the Taliban fighters Marcus and his team mates had fallen down terribly steep and treacherous terrain. Twice Marcus had lost his rifle in the fall, and twice he miraculously found it immediately at his side.
I do not know why things are sometimes so incredibly difficult, but I have come to believe that God is in the details of our lives or He is not there at all. For me, I believe the choice is one or the other, nothing in between. He either is or isn't - both have proving points. I believe He is.