“Surely the Sabbath is a delight,” said the Sailor. “There is only one thing I can do. I will exchange my retirement for Shabbat.”
The Sailor submitted his separation papers and medical screenings for discharge began. The screenings revealed the Sailor had an enlarged heart. He could not be discharged until they determined the cause and initiated treatment. Several cardiologists and pulmonologists examined the Sailor, but none were able to give a prognosis.
Due to his inexplicable heart condition, the Sailor was reassigned, where he worked five days a week and worshiped on the Sabbath.
Five years later, the Sailor retired. He served 20 years and was honorably discharged with full retirement benefits. No one was ever able to determine the root cause of his heart condition.
I’m no physician, but my prognosis is simple: YHVH enlarged the Sailor’s heart and caused him to ride upon the heights of the earth. Why? Because the Sailor’s heart was enlarged for YHVH and the Sabbath was the Sailor’s delight.
13 If you refrain from trampling the sabbath,
from pursuing your own interests on my holy day;
if you call the sabbath a delight
and the holy day of YHVH honorable;
if you honor it, not going your own ways,
serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs;
14 then you shall take delight in YHVH,
and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth;
I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob,
for the mouth of YHVH has spoken.
This is a true story. It is not meant to disparage the military. It is meant to show how YHVH will honor His word and reward the faithful.
Be courageous, my friend. Do not compromise your convictions. YHVH keeps every promise and He remembers you.