Several years ago, after returning from a deployment to Iraq, I knew I would be getting orders to move soon.
I received an indication my Family and I would most likely be headed to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for our next assignment. So we began packing our belongings and getting the children emotionally prepared to move again.
I have three boys, and since they were little I had taken on the responsibility of getting them ready for bed by brushing their teeth and saying their prayers.
One night I got down on my knees next to the bed of my middle son to pray, and he began to thank God for all of his Family and his toys, and asked that God would help those who were sick and for the Soldiers who were still away from their Families. And then he said, “God, I know we have to move, so I would like you to move us to California. Amen.”
I didn’t think too much about it at first, but the next night he prayed the same prayer again and prayed that God would “really, really, really” send us to California.
At the end of his prayer I looked at him and asked, “Why do you keep praying that God will send us to California?”
He responded, “Because Dad, Legoland is in California.”
I didn’t want him to be disappointed with God when he didn’t answer his prayer, so I sat him down on my lap and told him we would not be going to California, and there was no need in praying for God to send us there. As you can imagine he was disappointed, and I was too.
The next day I got a phone call from the powers that be and the chaplain on the other end of the line says, “Well, I know you were tracking to move to Fort Bragg but there has been a change, and we need you to go to a place called Camp Parks.”
I asked him where that was because I had never heard of it.
He replied, “Me neither; I had to look it up myself. It is a very small installation right outside of San Francisco, California.”
You can imagine my surprise. California.
I went home and told my son what had happened, and that God had heard his prayer and answered him.
It was a great reminder that day that it does not matter how great or small you are, God is in the business of answering prayers. And yes, we went to Legoland for his birthday that year.