All in a Day’s Work

All in a Day’s Work

From Chicken Soup for the Military Wife's Soul

All in a Day’s Work

No one is where he is by accident, and chance plays no part in God’s plan.

A Course in Miracles

My husband and my son are both serving in Iraq. Bill, my husband, is in the California National Guard, and Kyle, my son, is with the army’s 4th Infantry Division.

Listening to some Christian songs one evening in my kitchen I was reminded of my soldiers, who I miss and pray for every day. I sat down right there on the kitchen floor and began to talk to God, asking him to please wrap his loving arms around them both. I asked him to protect them, guide them, watch over them and bring them home safely to me. I begged him to bring them together, if it was his will. For half an hour, I just spoke my heart.

At about four the next morning, Bill called me and told me an incredible story. While I was at home praying for my boys, Bill had just finished his mission to Mosul and crossed the border into Kuwait. He was returning safely to base camp, and, on the way, they stopped in Tikrit. As they traveled in their convoy, one of the trucks ran over a crude Iraqi bomb. It created a huge fireball and one of the HET (heavy equipment transporter) vehicles was fully engulfed in flames. The driver was injured, but no one was killed. Their convoy stopped and pulled over on the side of the road, and there was a fight with enemy soldiers. One of the vehicles sent word to area military units that they were under attack. By the time support arrived, the situation was under control.

Then Bill turned a corner and walked right into Kyle! The message had been received by the 4th ID, and our son, who was stationed in southern Tikrit, heard the message. He jumped in a Humvee and headed north, because he knew that this was his dad’s unit. Kyle had been frantically looking for Bill, and when he found him, they gave each other the biggest hugs they had ever exchanged.

I don’t think that either of them will forget that moment. My husband and son may have been far away, but they were close to my heart. Bill and Kyle were with each other, as they had been in my prayers, and God was with us all.

Liz Rae

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