Along with family and friends, I devoted a lot of time in prayer, contemplation, and general soul searching before deciding to run for the Senate in 2010. I felt called, but needed confirmation – was I doing this for His glory or my glory? Was I following His plan for my life or my plan for my life...the latter never works out!
Some readers may recall that I worked as a Government employee at NASA in 2009 and due to the Hatch Act had to make a tough decision requiring me to resign from NASA and run a 14 month campaign. Early on we learned that I couldn’t even be a candidate and work at NASA – I was either all in, or out. I called it being a full time candidate, my wife called it being unemployed; either way – we stepped out in faith!
And now, three years later, as an incumbent with re-election fast approaching - I didn’t want to assume anything. And so in late May through early June I started prayerfully seeking the same answers, or confirmation – is this what I am called to do, again? Am I following His plan for me?
Over time I was led to a You Version Bible Application devotion - Restart: Stepping Out in Faith. I immediately thought it was neat that it followed a 40 day plan; the significance of the 40 days was not lost on me. The devotion follows Nehemiah’s quest and leadership, rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. The devotion ties together the theme of seeing your community around you with new eyes and to discover God's heart for rebuilding broken lives and hopes.
Earlier this morning I finished the 40th day. I followed the devotion day-by-day (...for the most part), admittedly hoping for that “eureka” moment of confirmation but somewhere around the half-way point realized God’s plan was for me to simply take some R&R...Rest and Reflection as a part of his plan in starting the re-election campaign.
The devotion is linked here for those that would like to follow it. I’ll post more on the re-election in the days ahead. As always – it is my honor to serve you here in the District and in Montgomery and I do so for His glory.
Semper Fi - Bill