Are you familiar with the term Broken Arrow? https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Broken_Arrow refers to it as the U.S. military’s code used during the Vietnam War. Broken Arrow was the term used only in the direst of tactical situations when a ground unit was overrun by enemy forces. When “Broken Arrow” was heard on the radio nets, all available aircraft were diverted to provide close air support for the endangered command.
The movie “We Were Soldiers” depicts in 1965, as America prepares to send it troops into South Vietnam’s green Central Highlands, the devoted commander and seasoned paratrooper, Lieutenant Colonel Harold Moore, prepares to lead the young men of the First Battalion of the Seventh Air Cavalry into the war’s first major ground battle. Hopelessly outnumbered—four hundred soldiers against a North Vietnamese infantry division of two thousand men—Moore’s soldiers will fight in la Drang Valley, or the Valley of Death, during three days of inferno.
The movie displays courage and the dignity of few men on the fierce battlefield, as well as the pain and suffering of all those who were left behind alive but, nonetheless, wounded. We Were Soldiers (2002) – Plot Summary – IMDb
As I was writing this blog this morning, I received Sister Copeland’s devotion titled ‘Spiritual Surrender Empowers Me.’ It states, “Sometimes I’ve done all I can do and said all I can say. When I have exhausted all options and find myself without remedy, comfort, or resolution, I may feel frustrated, defeated, or even brokenhearted.
At times when all hope feels lost, I find my strength and power in surrender. Letting go and letting GOD is an act of trust and faith. It’s the belief that even in my bleakest moments, the presence of GOD is within me and all around me.
I think of the chasm between the pain of Jesus’ crucifixion and the promise of his resurrection, when his followers were left only with their faith to sustain them. During my longest nights, I call upon the faith they demonstrated as I accept the darkness and prepare to welcome the dawn.” We must remember how long Jesus will be with us…
Colonel Moore’s concern for his soldiers is commendable and his refusal to abandoned his men to save his own life, as requested by his chain-of-command, is admirable.
In the death of General H., my first commendation for producing the first 500 page elective of Evolution of Airpower, and for my attention to details, was presented to me by Lieutenant Colonel R.H. The book is still used in military officers colleges; however, secular commendations will not give us extra credit on Judgment Day.
Jesus the Christ walked to the cross and died for the remission of our sins. He did not do it to receive a commendation, but in obedience to GOD, and His love for the salvation of our souls. We often remember secular achievements of others, and our own secular achievements, but forget about the spiritual gift received from the death, burial but most importantly Jesus’ resurrection until this time of the year?
My soul could easily be in imminent danger having recently hearing that I have reached maximum medical improvement and all doctors can offer now are injections. If I was spiritually immature and lack faith, I could be wounded mentally and spiritually if fallen prey to the devil. My body is wounded and one day will return to dust, but this is not more important than the spirit returning to GOD and my soul inheriting eternal life. Meaningless! Meaningless! Everything [else] is meaningless! (Ecclesiastes 12:7-8) Therefore, I will remain steadfast in the faith and continue fighting battles to win the war for the salvation of my soul.
Pain is also a constant reminder that I am alive to stay prayed up in a spiritual relationship with GOD. My spiritual surrendering empowers me. “And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness, Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (II Corinthians 12:9:10)
“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be change until it is faced.” James Baldwin