When Rachael’s mother passed away in 2010, God called her to reach out to people who struggle in their faith or who are held back by the chains of this life.
After watching her mom struggle her entire life with depression, obesity, addiction, self-worth, guilt, fear, health issues, financial issues and so much more, a love for people who are broken was sown deep into Rachael’s heart.
Yet, after enlisting in the Army, graduating from West Point and becoming an Apache helicopter pilot, the compassion she felt for people was balanced by the desire to see them overcome their circumstances through God’s power. You see, Rachael’s story was also filled with brokenness in the forms of divorced parents, abusive stepfather, bullying in school, an incredibly prodigal teenage life, depression, self-worth, and identity issues. But God stepped into her story when her mom called the Army recruiter. He used the Army to instill in her a warrior’s heart. But He didn’t stop there.
As Rachael began to find her identity in solder and Apache pilot, the Lord systematically stripped everything away and left her with nothing and no one… except Him. At the point where her career was ending, her heart breaking, her heart failing, and her strength gone, He met her. Often he met her on the floor of her bedroom as she cried in agony. Not only did He meet her, but He walked with her. And over the course of about 6 years, He redeemed and restored her. And then, He sent her on mission.
You see, with a father who’s an atheist (always debating her and pushing her to have a defense for her faith), with soldiers who have seen a lot of heartache asking hard questions about God, and having gone through incredible pain herself, Rachael came to learn several things.
1 – You cannot prove that God exists; nor can you prove that He doesn’t.
2 – You cannot make people understand that God is good when all they’ve known is pain.
3 – You cannot legislate morality. You cannot expect people to behave a certain way when their hearts don’t know Jesus.
4 – There are no black and white answers to the hard questions in this life.
So, what can we do?
We can share our stories.
“And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb
and by their testimony.
And they did not love their lives so much
that they were afraid to die.”