Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Update on our Airman

Our son called about 10:00 this morning to tell us he was unable to continue Pararescue training due to the stress fractures in his legs, caused from severe shin splints. He went for a follow-up with the physical therapist yesterday and was put on crutches. The PT is most concerned with his right leg. He wants him off of it as much as possible in fear that it could break.

Because of this, it's not even a possibility for him to continue training at this time and he was told if he waited for the next class in a few months it still might not be enough time for his leg to heal completely so he has chosen to move into a different field, with the possibility of cross training back into Pararescue somewhere down the road. They told him they only had good things to say about him so that wouldn't be a problem.

Our main concern would be that he be able to heal and not injure his legs more so please continue to pray for his complete healing. Also, pray that there would be slots available for other fields that he would like to go in to. He was concerned for his health and didn't want to risk an injury, but he still gave it 100% all the time and, for that, we are most proud of him!!

Some of you may have wondered why I posted only scripture yesterday, not adding any thoughts. This is why. I haven't really been able to write about it for a few days as every time I would start to I would just sob. I have spent days in prayer, asking God to heal our son and give him direction and clarity as he struggled with what to do if Pararescue didn't work out, and a lot of time pacing back and forth (mainly in my mind). Yesterday God gave me those two scriptures to rest upon. It's not easy to rest when you know your son is hurting and there is nothing you can do, and you know he will probably be making decisions soon about his future and you want to be able to help him and really can't, but God knew what I needed to hear and where I needed to place my son and his future - IN HIS HANDS. That was as far as I could get in my post yesterday.

Today I woke up feeling pretty certain he would not be able to continue in Pararescue and that I needed to be a source of encouragement when he called. The moment I heard his voice I could tell he felt a sense of relief. I know some of what his day-to-day routine was like and I can't imagine having to endure it with the injuries. God knows exactly where our son needs to be and I know He loves our son even more than we do so we'll just continue to pray and wait on the Lord. He's in the hands of Almighty God...there's no better place for him to be!

Son, we're so proud of you!!! As you say good-bye to PJ training, know that we are proud of all your hard work, and will continue to pray for your healing and for God's direction on your future job in the Air Force. No matter what you do or where you go, we're right here cheering you on!! We love you!!! -Mom and Dad


walkingingrace said...

Thank you for sharing so openly. I pray that God continues to bring healing and hope to your son as he makes decisions about his future. God bless you and bring you peace.

MaryLu said...

Here's another good one:
Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
I'm praying for healing for your son, we know it is hard when our earthly plans are thwarted.