It finally made sense.
Long ago - in the 80's - I disappeared with a missionary organization into the interior of Mexico. I didn't ask anyone for permission, didn't think about any consequences, didn't care really. My thoughts were towards Catholics there that hate Christians and the Mexican army and the policia that toys with white, American citizens to get money out of them. I still didn't care. It was a wonderful time, yes it was. I was there for one purpose: to expand the Kingdom of Heaven.
Years later, my oldest brother made some comments to me about that trip. Security came to my door (at his home) asking me where you were at. I don't know, he replies, somewhere in Mexico I heard. I was focused on the mission field and my mind and heart was all over that. The idea that it would somehow arbitrarily affect my brother's employment never entered my mind. I knew nothing about it, didn't know his security status could be affected by it and he didn't bother to tell me.
The security gave him a hard time about it. He said when it was over, he closed the door and then got drunk. My oldest brother is a very different type of person, much different than most anyone I have ever met, seen or heard about. Now I understand that he was facing losing a rather prestigious employment setting. I really - never knew. And, I didn't find that out from him. In fact, he doesn't care about family and wants nothing to do with it. He never has. He has never given me any reason to even think about concerning myself with him or his problems. He ... doesn't.... care.
I've never given it much consideration. My mom just told me a while ago that when I announced I was going to Spain, that is why he tried to tell me I couldn't go. You see, he never identified why I couldn't go and it came through my mom, not him. Why didn't he call me about this? Ahh yes, who is he to tell me where I can and cannot go. I wasn't just going to visit Spain, I was going to stay there indefinitely with the mission organization. The situation changed and I wasn't sent. I have always made myself too valuable - unintentionally - to the people I am with or working for. Even here, where I am living. The lady of the house has unabashedly told me she would like me to stay here for "years", indefinitely. I smile, I give no definitive answer. I like it here, but this isn't my house and though I have a lot of freedom here, it's not my property. Even that isn't really the problem though, I just have no idea what I am going to do next and I can't just say yes, I'm going to be here forever
Not to mention that something might happen - who knows what but we are humans and s*** happens - to make them want me to leave. I think of everything I can in any conversation that has potential long-term consequences. The point is they didn't send me to Spain because I was fixing all of their old vehicles, driving semi's to get donated food, clothing and medical supplies, going to Mexico frequently with semi loads of food, directing the brother's dorm when I was there.
It was a rogue thought tonight. Oh, now I see it. They messed with him when I went to Mexico because, I found out from mom last week, if a family member leaves the country, he loses his security clearance and can't work the job he is working. 20 years ago he told me he was putting X amount of money into his 401k plan - a good deal of money I will say. He was obviously making good money then. He has been promoted since then plus pay raises, he has earned a fortune through that company and his financial adviser told him he could retire now. He's 57 years old.
AS for me, I am being pulled by my own internals in so many ways. Do this, do that, do the other thing. I am, frankly, getting sick of working to do what. Pay bills. Gag. I had no debt as a missionary, no bills, I paid nothing to no one. It's sooo easy to get used to a lifestyle. Go to work, come home, go to bed, get up, go to work, repeat. Whereas others have no answers, I've already been there, I know what makes the heart full. Gag. I'm not confused, I just don't know what direction to take. I know some things that would help but they aren't anywhere near here. Take my dog, go up to the mountains alone and seek. Pray. Hike into the wilderness. Enjoy God's creation. No mountains within hundreds of miles of here. Beaches - a little different effect but still.
I don't know.