I’ve hung over the rail of the USS Arizona Memorial and watched the oil droplets bubble to the surface. A solemn and vivid reminder of sacrifice.
I’ve gazed over the harbor and tried to imagine the attack, the shock, the fear, the confusion, the roar of aircraft, the rat-a-tat-tats, the explosions, the screams, the smoke.
Silence. Lives cut down. Death in paradise.
The enemy poised and pounced.
Peace, peace, where there was no peace.
The Gibralter of the Pacific crumbled.
I stood in that tomb and read the names, tear droplets bubbling to the surface, remembering, though I did not remember.
And I said thank you.
And today I remember, and I say thank you for your sacrifice.
And today I remember the One who gave all. With blood droplets bubbling to the surface.
My Pearl of Great Price. My Rock of Gibralter. My Safe Harbor. My only Defense.
And I say thank You for Your sacrifice.
And the empty tomb.
“Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up.” I Peter 5:8 (The Message)
Have you ever been to the Arizona? What was your experience? Are you prepared for sudden attack in your life?
Copyright © 2009 by Sandra Heska King