Can you get the big picture, absorb the totality of a situation when all you know is Face book, texting, Twitter, Snapchat and drama is the norm, not the exception; selfies rule. Everybody is recording everything, not taking in a moment for what it is, that’s old school these days. Most people couldn’t care less about pausing and reflecting on a serious issue unless it relates to them; it’s all about me.
In the 2002 movie, “We Were Soldiers,” Mel Gibson plays the role of Army Lieutenant Hal Moore who was desperately outnumbered, surrounded and at risk of being overrun by the North Vietnamese intent on killing him and his men. In the midst of chaos, carnage and confusion, Gibson stops, calmly looks all around, takes in the desperate nature of the entire situation and orders Broken Arrow. This is a military call for help, to any and all American aircraft in his area to prevent certain defeat. A key decision was made under duress, that’s true leadership. I get that the movie is pure Hollywood but the 1965 Battle of Ia Drang in Vietnam is actual history, Broken Arrow happened.
So what’s the point? Have you ever been surrounded, exhausted, ready to lose it all, with life as you know it just closing in? Repeatedly rejected while seeking a job after doing time? Are you headed to prison and waiting for a surrender date? Is a family member dying or is your marriage failing, how will you keep it all together? Most everyone has been there. I have and I bet you have as well. If the situation is simply overwhelming, tough, really tough, I would submit that tossing out a prayer is perfectly OK. That’s a Broken Arrow call to Jesus, asking for support; what’s wrong with that? That’s wisdom not weakness and it sure beats being beaten down again. Winning against long odds feels good, really good.
Strength, perseverance, good values and calm leadership amidst any storm of fear will carry the day, guaranteed. If somebody puts out a Broken Arrow call in some form, will you hear it for what it is? Will you be the one to respond? It may be a matter of life and death, literally. In this day and age of ISIS, abusive football players and data breaches, helping others and expecting nothing in return, not even a selfie, is rare. Reflect on that.