The United States Military Academy requires its cadets to send a letter out to parents within the first few days of Beast (Cadet Basic Training). Today we were overjoyed to get a coveted letter from our son.
We haven't been able to talk to Nate since saying our farewells. Apparently next week we will get a 10 minute call from him. I will be sitting by the phone on the specified days and potential times until I get to hear his voice.
In the meantime, a one page handwritten letter will suffice. In the letter, Nate indicated he had had a tough day and received a lot of "personal attention." One thing you don't want at West Point is "personal attention." The mom in me wants to make the 12 hour trek in my mini-van and just pick up my boy but that's not what he wants or needs. He will prove it to himself that he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him.
What Nathan needs is prayer. Specifically for his big toe. He smashed it a few days ago and it has turned purple. This might seem like a strange prayer request but for a new cadet going through Beast (Basic Cadet Training), it's a huge deal. I cut my big toe on my honeymoon in Portugal, and trust me, big toes are very useful. For the remainder of my honeymoon in Portugal and Spain, I walked around with stitches on the bottom of my big toe. That's when I learned the value of phlanges (ew, big, fancy word!). My son is learning the truth behind God's Word found in Psalm 139:14 "I am fearfully and wonderfully made." He needs his big toes and probably will never take them for granted again.
If you read this post, please lift my boy, head to toe, inside and out, body and spirit up to the Lord along with all the other cadets.