I got to talk with my son on the phone the other day...I LOVE to hear his voice! It went a little something like this...
5AM: Phone rings. It is amazing what can go through your mind in just a few seconds. At first I thought maybe it was my DH but nope, too early, then my heart stopped for a second hoping it wasn't a different type of call. I answered 'hello' and after a the longest one second delay I heard my son's voice. Ahhhh...love it!
DS: Hi mom.
Me: Oh, hi Jon. How are you?
DS: I'm fine. (phew!)
DS: I'm sorry mom, I forgot what time it is I was walking past the phones and they were open so I thought I'd call.
Me: It is just fine...I told you to call whenever you want.
DS: I know.
Me: So, what did you do today?
DS: Got shot at.
Me: Did you shoot back?
Me: Well, good. I guess if you are going to get shot at then you should shoot back.
Yeah, pretty much the conversation after that is a blur as I absorb, once again, what clear and present danger he is in. When relating this story to my oldest son's girlfriend she said "well as least he went on after the 'Got shot' and added the 'at'. I think that is an excellent way to look at it!
If you have ever wondered what it is like to be a mom to a kiddo that is deployed I think the above gives you an excellent idea. I have to put my son in God's arms and leave him there. I can't honestly understand how anyone without faith makes it through their child's deployment. Yes, I am aware Jon could be hurt or even killed but if that happens...I still trust in God's plan.
Please be praying for our troops, of course pray for their physical safety but also pray for the morale of the troops, their emotional and their spiritual well being as well. Satan works hard to draw everyone away from God but I think he works extra hard on those who are in a combat zone.