|Austin in his JROTC Uniform|
That week I was struck by the thought that these short, few days away from home are soon going to become our reality. In the very near future--after graduation next year--Austin will join the military. He has chosen this path all by himself and with God's guidance. I'll have to admit I was a bit surprised, he had never expressed a desire to go down this path. But--this past fall semester--he came home from school one day and said, "I need yall to sign this paper because I'm dropping a class and joining JROTC." A sign of a young man making decisions about his future.
It has taken me a while to be okay with this decision. I can not lie about it. It is difficult for me to imagine my son fighting in a war somewhere so far away. BUT then I had to remember the prayers that I have prayed for all of my children. That God would direct their lives, that they would serve HIM faithfully no matter where life took them. I had to realize again, that they are not mine, my children belong to God. I had to remember the day that I prayed that God would use my children in mighty ways, even if it meant I would never see them on this side of Heaven again. (okay little tears forming in my eyes--you may go away now!)
It was such a small glimpse, but it brought great perspective. We only have a few short months left to make memories as the family that we are now. Then Hannah will join our family, and we will become a new family with new memories. Then Austin will graduate and begin his adult life, and we will make more adjustments. All this change--in such a short time.
So today--I want to appreciate today for what it brings.
And Austin--I'm PROUD of you son. I respect your decisions for your future. I know that God will continue to use you in mighty ways and that you will serve Him well.