Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Avalon Chronicles #5: "Broken Arrow"

     Several weeks ago I was the guest of a long-time and good friend, Gene Blanton, a Marine, who presents at Plano's Prestonwood Baptist Church a program for men titled "Semper Fi Warrior." I was a presenter one night on one of my topics titled "Spiritual Warfare." When I finished, Gene began a program about "Broken Arrow." He proceeded to show a short clip from the movie We Were Soldiers, when on Nov. 14, 1965, the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment-Custer's Old Battalion, landed in Vietnam's Central Highlands to fight a vastly superior in numbers North Vietnamese force. Gene went on to teach the following:
     On the second day of the battle the enemy attacked ferociously leading to severe hand-to-hand combat. Ltc. Hal Moore's battalion was in imminent danger of being overrun. It was classified by Col. Moore in his opinion that "His unit was in grave danger of being overrun." As I viewed this film clip I began to tear and had to wipe my eyes recalling the sheer horror that back on that day my fellow Army soldiers had to have felt. In reflection since then I realize that we all feel at some time that we are about to be overrun. The pressures of our lives seem to be overwhelming due to family, financial, situational, and sin issues.
     When Col. Moore broadcast back to his headquarters "Broken Arrow," it was the code word meaning there was no further questioning or hesitation or calling for a conference. All available aircraft in country immediately descended on the battalion's battlefield to deliver air support to the beleagured ground troops. The enemy assault was repelled.

     This story in our military history is quite gripping and the scenes in the movie leave one with an indelible memory. That actual situation has its comparability in many of our own lives. We all probably face some or many extremely traumatic situations in our lives. When we do, it is time to ask for all the divine help we can obtain from our Father in Heaven. That is when we cry out, "Broken Arrow," in humility just as did Col. Moore. As Blanton relates, "In the same way, when God hears a 'Broken Arrow' coming up from one of his (people), He always hears our prayers and mobilizes resources. 'He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.' Psalm 91:15. We receive help, but in all candor we must recognize the issue may not completely be obliterated. There are consequences sometimes due to our decisions that brought on the challenge.
     Our God in Heaven who sent His Son to die on the cross for us 2000 years ago at Calvary is in that headquarters in the sky and is able to send forth all the help we need. We need to be faithful enough to believe He will be there for us and answer our prayers. We need to ask Him for help out of our situation when the enemy is everywhere.


  1. A truly moving,& penetrating account of the real human cost of the freedoms we in this country enjoy daily. Stories such as this force each of us to ask ourselves when the cost of freedom & liberty becomes too high & overwhelming for the average "common" citizen to pay.The history of American citizens teach us that all defenders & protectors of these God-given gifts & rights rarely think in these terms.Even before the birth of our great Republic, "ordinary" citizens have been called upon to perform "extra-ordinary" acts of bravery,indeed, many at the cost of property, personal fortune,even life & limb, yet few if any ever blinked an eye in the service of their nation or fellow soldier. A small cost indeed when compared to the ravages of total domination & slavery.

    America's faith in the One God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob & our devotion to His Son has guided our "Ship of State" thru many dangerous waters safely & lifted us up as a beacon to all humans who desired to be free, to worship who & where they wished! Men such as these mentioned in this story of death, destruction & valor are truly the "Watchmen on the Wall" that were mentioned in Isaiah 62:6 in which we are told;
    "I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,
    ! God always watches over His children, even those of little faith because we are His & He loves us all.

    Lastly, it would serve all of well if we would rmember as our Heavenly Father, God wants us to come to Him first with all of our needs, wants & desires no different than our earthly fathers would. Placing Him last on our list to share these needs is not a show of respect or love by any measure I'm aware of & He expects more from us I'm sure. When we experience any human doubts as to just how much we are thought of or loved we might remember these words writte those many years past in John 3:16 KJV "For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son,that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." Amen
    "Laus Deo & Shalom"

    Pastor Ron Budwine
    1 Voice Ministries

  2. Very moving commentary indeed! Too often we as American citizens overlook the real cost of the many "gifts" our God has awarded us throughout our lives. In defending & protecting these gifts,we as common individuals find ourselves thrust into situations that demand un-common sacrifices & costs of the first order such as fortune,property,even life & limb,yet as Americans,few weigh these costs as too high a price to pay in the great scheme of things.

    This has always been the price of being an American.As we shine the beacon of freedom to all mankind throughout the world, we realize the price of this light has & will cost some of us before its all over. The price of freedom is NEVER cheap!During times of dispare,sorrow,& personal pain, we must reflect on the words of our Lord in Isaiah 62:6 about the "Watchmen on the walls.

    Lastly,we must remember when we begin to question why we were placed upon this planet,& if our lives hold any meaning at all, the answers live in these scriptures at John 3:16 KJV "For God so loved the world that He gasve His only begotten Son, and whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." From His lips to our ears! Amen

  3. God Bless You, Capt. Clark
    In Him,
    Charles Lingerfelt