He approached me Saturday on my front lawn. After saying hello, he handed me a set of keys. "These are the house keys, in case something happens". And kept talking. I missed the rest of what he said. He said it nonchalantly and all in one breath. Kind of like he has said these words before. I must have had a bewildered look on my face because I sure was.
He is being deployed to Afghanistan next month. I didn't even know that the National Guard did that. That confused me.
"I'll get you a set of car keys as well, in case." His words flowed so effortlessly, it made me think, this is a highly trained man!
As he was saying those words, it dawned on me. He is preparing for the "in case something happens" scenario. As a soldier being deployed to Afghanistan, this is something he is ordered to do. Prepare for not coming home. And I only know that from watching the TV show, Army Wives.
As he transferred the keys to my hand, I knew my Father was handing me a tremendous responsibility - to pray and cover his life during his four-month tour. Only four months? Well, I guess that's all the National Guard goes for.
"When I come back to give you the car keys, I'll have some lists and papers for you as well." He is entrusting his new house, his car, and his personal paperwork to us. I was almost speechless. We are total strangers to him.
"OK", was kind of all I could muster. I started to get emotional as the reality of what he was saying and not saying hit me. My mother's heart wanted to throw my arms around him and start praying. But, I refrained.
Can you imagine what it must be like to have to make all those arrangements ahead of time? Knowing the reality of death could be around the corner?
I don't think he knows The LORD the way I do. But, I'm going to take this assignment from God very seriously. I will intercede for his safety, his well-being, and for his salvation - even if it is a "foxhole conversion".
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Maybe The LORD will also put Rob on your heart. If He does, would you please pray for him as well? His ten-year-old son will be awaiting his dad's return.
Because of Him and Unto Him,