How God Spoke to a Fallen Marine’s Wife In the Midst of Tragedy
I had a renewed strength and some encouragement after leaving Dover, witnessing the honor paid in respect of my husband. I realized how much of a hero Javier truly was and I decided that I would pour all my energy into making sure that he was honored as a hero, and that his story would be known.
The casualty assistance officer and Orlando and I went to the airport in Philadelphia but we learned that our seat assignments were not together. I didn’t want to sit alone, having grown dependent on having a familiar face around. Both Orlando and the Captain tried to switch our seats with other passengers but they were not willing.
Watching people refuse their seats so that I can at least have my brother-in-law sit next to me made me frustrated. Didn’t these people know? Don’t they care? I again felt alone and started to cry.
I sensed the woman sitting next to me was watching me cry, and even though I was mad at her for refusing to trade her seat, there was something that drew me to want to be in her presence even though I didn’t know her or met her before in my life.
I looked up at her and saw her smile. She said, “Your heart hurts right now but you are
With that I cried more and I explained to her that my husband was killed in Afghanistan.
She grabbed my hand and asked if I wanted to talk to her about my husband.
I explained how I had just watched the dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base, that I
was sad and afraid to live without him but that I was very proud of him for his service to our country.
She then said, “You know, my son died…” As she began to tell her story her voice was sweet and comforting. After talking to me about her son she finished, smiling at me.
I asked her if my emotions were normal, if what I felt or didn’t feel was okay. I told her that at times, one minute of pain could be so overwhelming that I wanted to die, and then at other times I just wanted to laugh.
She explained the emotions I was feeling were okay, stating, “Every smile, every laugh, every moment in which you feel as though the pain is not overwhelming is God comforting you. Embrace it.”
She then looked into my eyes and said, “God loves you very much. He will never leave you nor forsake you. You might be angry with God and you don’t understand what happened, and you feel as though He let you down. But He understands your anger and He loves you. Your anger and pain does not push Him away, in fact, He hears your cries and draws close to you.”
I asked her how she was able to overcome the death of her son and she told me that God gave her what she needed exactly when she needed it.
She said, “Listen, God will speak to you through other people and He will show you how much He loves you. Just pay attention and listen.”
We talked throughout the flight, and before we landed she told me, “This was a divine appointment.” I told her thank you for her kind words.
We then landed and walked off the plane together and I had just caught up to Orlando and the Captain and wanted to tell them about the lady I sat next to. I saw her smile at me and then wink, but when I touched Orlando’s shoulder to tell him and looked back, she was gone.
I arrived home and I had friends there holding a welcome home sign up for me which Nene, Orlando’s wife, Lourdes and my children had made for me. The house was clean, laundry was done and people from my church had dropped off food, cards and flowers. I was reminded of what the lady on the plane had said and knew that God was showing me how much he loves me through all these people. I embraced the peace that settled over me in this moment, knowing it would soon pass.
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Jared Laskey is starting Destiny Open Bible Church in Virginia Beach, VA. He served in the Marine Corps from 2006-2011 and ministers living to see Jesus awaken this generation to the power of His Holy Spirit. You can follow him on twitter @jaredalaskey, or contact him through his website, www.firebornministries.com.