I was sent this a few years ago by a good friend and I came across it last nite and thought it was a great reminder for all of us and how we should react during challenging times. It can also be applied for the times that we are living in today. STOP letting the trending news stories get you worked up. Remember we live in a fallen world and no matter how bad it gets GOD WINS!!
Pearl Harbor – What God Did That Day
A tour boat ferries people out to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii every thirty minutes. We had just missed the ferry, so I had to wait 30 minutes for the next one. I went into a small gift shop to kill some time. I ended up purchasing a small book entitled, “Reflections on Pearl Harbor ” by Admiral Chester Nimitz.
On Sunday, December 7th, 1941, Admiral Chester Nimitz was attending a concert in Washington D.C. He was paged and told there was a phone call for him. When he answered the phone, it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the phone. He told Admiral Nimitz that he (Nimitz) would now be the Commander of the Pacific Fleet.
Admiral Nimitz flew to Hawaii to assume command of the Pacific Fleet. He landed at Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1941. There was such a spirit of despair, dejection and defeat — you would have thought the Japanese had already won the war.
On Christmas Day, 1941, Adm. Nimitz was given a boat tour of the destruction wrought on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Big sunken battleships and navy vessels cluttered the waters everywhere you looked.
As the tour boat returned to dock, the young helmsman of the boat asked, “Well Admiral, what do you think after seeing all this destruction?” Admiral Nimitz’s reply shocked everyone within the sound of his voice.
Admiral Nimitz said, “The Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could ever make, or God was taking care of America.”
Which do you think it was?” Shocked and surprised, the young helmsman asked, “What do you mean by saying the Japanese made the three biggest mistakes an attack force ever made?”
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
Mistake number one:
“The Japanese attacked on Sunday morning. Nine out of every ten crewmen from those ships were ashore on leave. If those same ships had been lured to sea and been sunk — we would have lost 38,000 men instead of 3,800.”
Mistake number two:
“When the Japanese saw all those battleships lined in a row, they got so carried away sinking those battleships, they never once bombed our dry docks opposite those ships. If they had destroyed our dry docks, we would have had to tow every one of those ships to America to be repaired. As it is now, the ships are in shallow water and can be raised. One tug can pull them over to the dry docks, and we will have them repaired and at sea by the time we could have towed them to America and we already have crew ashore anxious to man those ships.”
Mistake number three:
“Every drop of fuel in the Pacific Theater of war was in ‘top of the ground’ storage tanks five miles away over that hill. One attack plane could have strafed those tanks and destroyed our fuel supply.”
“That’s why I say the Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could make, or God was taking care of America.”
I have never forgotten what I read in that little book. It is still an inspiration as I reflect upon it. In jest, I might suggest that because Admiral Nimitz was a Texan, born and raised in Fredricksburg, Texas, he was a born optimist. But anyway you look at it, Admiral Nimitz welcomed the challenging time as an opportunity to trust God in a situation and circumstance, where everyone else saw only despair and defeatism. President Roosevelt chose the right man for the right job. At that point in our great Country’s history, we desperately needed a leader that could see the blessing in the midst of the clouds of dejection, despair and defeat.
Welcome challenging times as opportunities to trust God. He is always beside you and His Spirit is with you and no set of circumstances is too much for Him to handle. When your path is dotted with difficulties, beware of measuring your strength against those challenges. Your calculations are certain to riddle you with anxiety. Without God, you wouldn’t make it past the first hurdle. The way to walk through demanding days is to grip His hand tightly and stay in close communication with Him. Let your thoughts and spoken words be richly favored with trust and thankfulness. Regardless of the days problems, He can keep you in perfect Peace as you stay close to Him.