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Calming Troubled Waters
by Stephen A. Peterson
03/16/12
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Calming Troubled Waters
© 2012

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Stephen A. Peterson


It was 0900 hours, Army Specialist Jack Sweazy had spent 45 minutes being dressed down and chewed out by the Company First Sergeant. Following his meeting with the First Sergeant, Specialist Sweazy was unable to sit still and focus for more than five minutes.

“How will I ever get in a good day’s work in this kitchen? Man, the First Sergeant’s loud voice still has my ears ringing and nerves jumping!”

Specialist Sweazy began to worry about being deployed to Afghanistan. He was equally concerned about his wife who was expected to have their first child while he was deployed. He then experienced stress concerning finances for himself and his growing family while overseas. He remembered that he had not filed his federal or state taxes to date.

“The refunds would bring in some additional money!”

He immediately turned on his computer then gathered up his W-2 forms he had inadvertently stuffed in his backpack. Going through each item seemed unnecessary raising his stress level even more. Finally, all of the information was documented. He clicked on e-filing. Completing his taxes, he was relieved when the software indicated his submission was successful and he would receive a sizable refund from both the federal and state governments.

Still responding to his meeting with the First Sergeant, Specialist Sweazy suited up and went out for a 5 mile run. The run made him feel a little less stressed. Returning to his office, he walked by his desk in front of his Bible, he opened it without intentionally turning to any page, however, it came to the book of Haggai presenting the following verse:

But now the LORD says: Be strong, Zerubbabel. Be strong, Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people still left in the land. And now get to work, for I am with you, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.

Haggai 2:4

Having read this Biblical verse changed the remainder of Specialist Sweazy’s day. He immediately calmed down the moment he completed his reading. He had a productive work day then received notice from the Company Commander that he had just been promoted to Sergeant (E-5) increasing his pay to a level whereby he and his family could live more comfortably.


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