A Note In a Pocket

The stage was set for what would become one of the prime moments in WW2. The rehearsals had been a success. The deception had bought the time that was required. The troops were prepared for one of the most successful amphibious assaults in world history.

Tuesday, June 6th, 1944 at around 6:30 AM local time, over 24,000 soldiers, along with over 5,000 naval vessels landed on the beaches of Normandy. Tens of thousands of troops would lose their lives in what would later come to be know as simply “D-Day”. This costly victory was the turning point in the war against the Nazi Regime led by Adolf Hitler. And would ultimately lead to its overthrow shortly thereafter.

Leading the allied forces that day was a then unknown man by the name of Dwight Eisenhower. Though a general at the time, he would later become our nation’s 34th president.”Ike”, as he was affectionately called, was a man of extreme leadership ability and confidence becoming of a general and president.

And yet this man that exuded so much confidence had a moment of doubt himself prior to the launch of the attack that Tuesday morning. The night before the attack, after a final  meeting with the paratroopers from various countries that would initiate the invasion, he headed back to a small drafty cottage where he penned the following note:

“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”

Fortunately, this note stayed in his pocket and never had to be recited. The largest seaborne assault was ultimately a success, and blame never had to be accepted. I often wonder how close he was to aborting the entire mission. How close he was to pulling the plug and not taking such a huge risk.

You may be facing big obstacles in Student Ministry. You may have big dreams that privately have you terrified. You may have done all the prep work and are now standing on the brink of launching something, teaching something, changing something in your Student Ministry that has the potential to bring incredible revival. That has the potential to be your biggest success!

And in that moment, as you stand at the edge of the diving board ready to leap, you have two options:

Option one is to give up. It’s to throw in the towel. It’s to abort the mission. It’s to change your mind and run as far and as fast as you can in the opposite direction. It’s to wait until the conditions are perfect before you try what God has placed in your heart.

Option two is to jump. It is to launch out into the unknown and trust God. It is to make that leap of faith and believe that the God who placed it in your heart will give you the strength you need to accomplish that big dream inside of you.

The truth is, conditions will never be 100% perfect. You will never have full confidence that it will work out. You will never know with certainty that success is inevitable.

There are no guarantees, all there are only opportunities to be seized.

Don’t allow fear to stop you from trying that new thing. Don’t allow fear to cause you to abort your God-given dream. Don’t allow the lack of perfect conditions to hold you back.

You could very well be standing on the edge of the greatest spiritual victory that your group has ever known. You may be standing on the precipice of the very thing that brings liberation to those held captive. You could  be standing at the brink of your groups finest moment!

Step out. Launch out in faith. Take action.

Even if it scares you to death!

And see what God will do through you!


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