Imagine crashing in the ocean in a B-24. You drift thousands of miles with two others for weeks. Sharks try to eat you. You are strafed (shot at) by the enemy. On top of that you are captured by the Japanese. Nonstop torture ensues for two years. When the war ends in 1945 you are released and lose half your body weight due to being starved and beaten.
5 years later…
Read this scene after the person, Louie Zamperini, who endured what I described above revisits his POW camp in Japan.
“Before Louie left Sugamo (the prison), the colonel who was attending him asked Louie’s former guards to come forward. In the back of the room, the prisoners stood up and shuffled into the aisle. They moved hesitantly, looking up at Louie with small faces.
Louie was seized by childlike, giddy exuberance. Before he realized what he was doing, he was bounding down the aisle. In bewilderment, the men who had abused him watched him come to them, his hands extended, a radiant smile on his face.” – excerpted from Unbroken copyright 2010 by Laura Hillenbrand.
After I read this I couldn’t believe his reaction.
He shook hands with the enemy.
What Zamperini experienced was beyond what anyone should endure. And what did he do?
He extended his hand.
Grace appeared and Jesus is revealed in his story. Let us take notice. It is beautiful.
We have a lot to look forward to this year in 2014. I highly encourage you to read Unbroken but the feature film will be coming out this Christmas. You can watch the trailer here.