It had been 13 long weeks since he left for bootcamp. There were a few letters here and there but nothing that allows the kind of contact or connection that we were used to. There were moments when it seemed like forever since he had left; and forever before we would see him again.
But then the day finally came. It didn’t seem possible but there we were at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego for the Motivational Run and Family Day.
His platoon had marched right past me twice but I hadn’t been able to pick him out of the crowd. It was the same when they lined up for their Motivational Run. But then…
They were done with their run and were once again lined up. We had moved to the shade but made our way over to the lines of young Marines. And there he was, standing right in front. He was at attention and could not respond but we moved to where he could see us and I lifted Aaron up over my head.
They took off again heading for their barracks to clean up and in a little while we would get to actually be with him. Hug him, shake his hand, talk with him face-to-face! It was one of the most emotional experiences I’ve ever had.
It gave me a glimpse of what God will experience when we finally get to be with Him, face-to-face.
God created us to enjoy us.
He spent a couple of thousands years preparing to send Jesus to live among us.
He empowered Jesus to live a whole new way of life – as an example.
He made Jesus the penalty for our sin and then raised Him back to life.
He sent the Holy Spirit to give birth to the church.
All of this so that He could one day share in an emotional reunion with us!