…I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds. 2 Corinthians 7:4
During the final weeks of WW1, New York’s 77th Infantry Division became stranded behind enemy lines but to make matters worse their location was misreported as an enemy position thus exposing them to friendly fire as well!! More than half the troops in this unit were killed or captured while the remaining couple hundred struggled to reach headquarters for help.
After many failed attempts to get word out the men were down to their last hope… their last homing pigeon. Cher Ami the pigeon was sent with the message “Our artillery is dropping a barrage on us. For heaven’s sake, stop it!”
The troops watched as their last hope dropped from the sky; Cher Ami had been shot like the others! But wait… what… could it be?! CHER AMI was back up!! Shot in the chest yet straining her weakening wings, lungs burning through the smoke filled air she rose up on the wings of hope; the hopes of a couple hundred men behind her. She had a mission and she would not give up. Those men needed her, she was their last hope!
Cher Ami strained to see through the pain welling up in her eyes when out of nowhere it seemed, shrapnel seared across her face blinding her on the one side but still she flew on! Somewhere along the way maybe a hawk, an enemy bigger and stronger than she, may have flew in her wake chasing her down observing her weak state and thinking her easy prey; but he underestimated her God, who in your greatest weakness becomes your greatest strength.
So God strengthened His creature in this moment and into His light she flew blinding the hawk for the split second she needed to dart out of his line of sight but not before she lost her leg to his clutches! But still Cher Ami flew on.
Cher Ami completed her mission that day and saved 194 men. She has even been on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington as a reminder to many to never underestimate the power of a living hope.
I may have embelished some of Cher Ami’s details, I don’t know, I wasn’t actually there however her story reminds me of Ecclesiastes 3:11 …He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. So like a compass always points north because of the pull of earths magnetic field, could it be that our hearts are being pulled to the true magnetic field of His Kingdom? So if we who know and believe in Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior see His Kingdom as a magnetic field, shouldn’t we see earth as our mission field?!
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Cher Ami’s journey wasn’t easy and Jesus tells us in John 16:33 … In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. The mission field isn’t easy but He supplies the seed to the sower (2 Corinthians 9:10), He supplies the strength in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9) and we have other fellow believers God has provided to come along side us and encourage us (2 Corinthians 7:6-7). …that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. Romans 1:12
Magnets attract other magnets so if God has placed a magnetic field (eternity in each heart) within each of us… who has God crossed your magnet with today, this week, this month, that He want’s you to make known to them His Kingdom, or maybe encourage another fellow magnet to keep flying home like Cher Ami, steady and strong, soaring on the living hope which is Jesus (1 Peter 1:3)!
Typically pigeons are not thought of as mighty birds like the eagle per say however it was a pigeon not an eagle that saved those men that day in 1918. It was the strength of the Creator Himself that worked out His will and purpose through that willing little pigeon. Jesus came to earth to save us pigeons. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9
He wants to use us ALL for His glory. You’ve got a magnet inside you, will you let Him use it today? Keep flying my friend, keep flying like Cher Ami all the way home. His arms are waiting to catch you, you and everyone you allow Him to magnetize through you, to Himself.
Independent Read: 1 Corinthians 2:9, Hebrews 10:35