It seems most appropriate that yesterday, December 7th, that we in the United States remember the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, for I have been pondering our topic for today for about a week now, so I think it's time to put the pen to paper and see where God leads us with it. I want to talk about HEROES.
There were many heroes on that day 72 years ago when our nation was attacked, I personally had an uncle that was stationed at Pearl Harbor when it took place. Many were lost, many were wounded, all were brave. We owe them a great deal of gratitude we could never fully express. Most people would agree the actions of so many were, indeed heroic that December day in 1941.
There are many directions we can look to find our heroes. Some say that we just don't have many heroes these days...I beg to differ! The reason for this leads me to the kind of heroes that I would like to explore further. I believe that maybe we just aren't looking in the right direction to find them, because if we were, we would surely see that they do still exist. I started thinking of this last Sunday while sitting in church...
Seated right next to me was a young mom who brought her three young children by herself, who fully believes that God can still reach her husband, even though her husband doesn't realize that yet.
As I survey the room I would see an older woman who lost her husband recently, they had been married some twenty five years, and now she is facing her days without him.
I would see a young husband and wife who committed everything they had to the Lord to be missionaries in a foreign land, just to be faced with the young father of three diagnosed with a rare brain tumor.
I would see a young couple passionately committed to the ministry of adoption and have adopted three children from China, while raising five children of their own.
I would see several women who come on their own each Sunday, not because they are widowed, but because their husband chooses not to come.
I would see young single men and women who are seeking to honor God in their single walk, which is not an easy task.
I would see youth who are hungering after God, all the while trying to figure out who they are, let alone who God is.
I would see a husband and wife as they struggle to take care of their grown son that has severe disabilities and the husband is in a wheelchair with debilitating disabilities himself.
Believe me when I say, my list could go on and on, and this is just one small room. This is just one breath and one heartbeat away, not only from each of us, but from our Savior, Jesus Christ, who SEES everyone of them and who is their ultimate HERO.
For those who have looked to Him, HE is their HERO because they are more than conquerors thru HIM Romans 8:37 NKJV, that when they are weak, then He is strong II Corinthians 12:10 NKJV, that NOTHING that they face is impossible with HIM Luke 1:37 NKJV, that even though they may walk through the valley of the shadow of death, they shall fear no evil, for HE is WITH THEM and will comfort them Psalm 23:4 NKJV.
Yet, while He walked this earth, many disregarded who He was...maybe because He came in the form of an ordinary man? An "everyday" man?
How about you? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Is He your HERO? It's not too late! Hebrews 3:7-11 NKJV If you are a child of God, you have the potential to be an "everyday" hero, you just have to look in the right direction, and many times you don't have to look any farther than the mirror...
This song titled "Hero" by Abandon reflects our "everyday" Hero...it is my prayer that we always look in His direction 'til we see Him face to face.