Several months ago, when my 19-year old son decided he would join the US Navy, I was overjoyed. I could not be more proud of him. I was thrilled he was receptive to my choices of where to be stationed after boot-camp graduation. We talked about how I would visit and maybe send his brother to stay with him for a few weeks this summer. I could already envision myself visiting his base in Hawaii or Florida. ☀🌴
The excitement would soon feel bittersweet as I received a call from my son a few days prior to graduation telling me he had not been granted any 3 of his “wish-list” choices and would be stationed in Japan instead. I remember the knot I felt in my stomach while talking to him on the phone. But it had been weeks since we’d spoken, and I sensed he was probably feeling about as nervous as I was, so I kept my composure and reassured him of how exciting Japan would be!
His graduation was surreal. The 14-day pass home was the best. But now the time has arrived, and tomorrow my sailor will embark on a new and exciting journey.
Son, I love you and will miss you beyond words. Always strive to do what is right, even when you feel no-one is looking, for God sees it all. Never forget the words spoken to you by the Lord:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). ⚓
In our weakest moments, He is our strength. God uses the weak to lead the strong, he examines the heart of an individual and uses those with a heart after him. ❤
“From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do” (Isaiah 46:11, NIV).