SOLDIERS AND ANGELS
“Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” Hebrews 13:2 (NLT)
Come take a trip with me into times past. In 1965, LTC Moore stepped out of his unarmed helicopter onto Landing Zone X-Ray, LaGrange Province, Vietnam. Little did he and the men of the 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry Regiment suspect it but DESTINY had sent them into the first major battle of the Vietnam War between the American Army and the People’s Army of Vietnam.
Within the first few hours, the entire battalion was surrounded by enemy forces and the 2nd Platoon of Bravo Company were cut off from the rest of their Battalion and also surrounded. During the next two nights both positions fought for their lives. Had it not been for two unarmed helicopters which delivered much needed water and ammunition, many countless lives would have been lost. Captain Ed Freeman and Chief Warrant Officer Bruce Crandall flew into LZ X-Ray over 38 times while enemy fire was so heavy that medical evacuation helicopters refused to approach. These pilots demonstrated the truth of John 15:13, ”There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” It is written and spoken by Jesus, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (NLT, Matthew22:37). Were the pilots alone in their cockpits? Not if you believe the pilots. God filled the left seat of both aircraft with defending angels. It is written “For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go” (Psalm 91:11) and ”…He will order his angels to protect and guard you” (Luke 4:11).
I had the privilege of speaking with a surviving member of the “Lost Platoon.” He was convinced that the sun never set during the battle, even though it lasted nearly 72 hours of nonstop fighting. The only thing he is certain of is that he would not have come back from Vietnam if the Lord himself had not sent angles to guard their flanks those two fateful nights. God sends his angels to protect the faithful.
Practical Application: Pray for family members enlisted in the armed services. Ask God to protect them from all harm and danger. Pray that they will know Jesus as their Savior and experience God’s Presence wherever they may be.