The mother sat thinking about what her son was doing in the Marine Corps. He had just returned from Iraq and volunteered to go back. Would she lose her son this time? Will he actually make it home again? Why would he put himself in that position knowing how it was going to make his mother feel. So many unanswered questions clouded her mind.
The young Marine had come home to visit with friends and family on pre-deployment leave. As the day for his deployment neared, the mother worried more and more. What could she do? She didn’t want him to go but how could she stop him? Maybe prayer will work. Wouldn’t hurt to try, would it?
Since her son would be going back to base the next day, she prayed that night so he would not have to deploy again. All the mother wanted was her son to not go overseas. Due to her religious views she prayed to the God of the Bible. Mercy was her main desire but like the saying goes. God works in mysterious ways. This time would be no different.
The following morning she was woke up to the phone ringing. What followed was the answer to her prayer. Her son would not be deploying to Iraq.
In the early morning of the day the son was going to return to base, there was a car accident. The son was trapped in the car as it burned. His legs were burnt so bad that only bilateral above knee amputations would save his life. He also suffered a broken neck and will be a quadriplegic for the rest of his life. It also meant that he could no longer serve in the Marine Corps.
Ultimately the mother did get what she prayed for but in a way that no one would ever wish for.
P.S. I’m the son. Semper Fi!