Last night, David and I watched Hacksaw Ridge. Most of you have probably seen it, or have at least heard of it, but I am a bit behind on movies these days because the need for sleep in my life is a very real thing #lifewith4kidsand3dogs.
I can’t handle watching violence and anything with blood makes me nauseous, so as you can imagine, this movie made me turn my head and cover my eyes quite a few times. The violence wasn’t unnecessary, it was actually needed to convey the story of war. I was a history major in college, so movies like this may be hard for me to watch, but my desire to learn more about our American and world story, is strong enough for me to be able to look the other way and trust David to tell me when the worst part is over.
If you don’t know the story of Desmond Doss, I will give you a very brief overview. Desmond signed up to serve in World War II as a medic. He had spiritual and historical reasons for not believing in holding a gun, but he signed up believing that he could save lives rather than take them. I don’t know enough about Desmond to know if the quirky character portrayal by Andrew Garfield was accurate, but if it was, you will immediately want to invite Desmond over for milk and cookies. He is a simple man who stands by what he believes and I just loved him.
Desmond’s unit was assigned to taking on Hacksaw Ridge in Okinawa. Without going into too much detail, I will just say that it was a horrific battle with many, many casualties. At the end of one of the days there, the Americans retreated because they were losing men like crazy. As Desmond sees everyone retreating, he also sees all the men that are still there, hurt and unable to leave on their own. So he stays. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, so I won’t say how he saves so many, but I will say that after he saved a soldier, he would keep praying to God “just one more, let me save just one more”.
At one point, Desmond is all bloody and dodging bullets to save his fellow soldiers and I got a picture in my head of Jesus saving us. Desmond is out there with no weapons and against an enemy that is coming after him and his fellow soldiers with all that they got. Doesn’t that remind you of Jesus? He came down to this bloody, sin filled world all to save us. He had all the power of God and chose not to use it as he was hanging on the cross. One word would have ended it all and He chose to lay down His weapons to save us. He covered Himself in the blood and dirt and filth of this world, just to come down to our level and “save just one more, just one more”. He would have stayed here and done everything He did to save just one of us, just one.
I think this has two lessons for me. One, of course, is the lesson that I will never be able to comprehend. How a God that is so much higher than us chose to come down to Earth and be with us, just to save us. I will never be able to fully understand how He could love us so. The second lesson for me is what is my “just one more”? I believe 100% that the only reason Desmond was able to save every person that he did was because he had Divine Protection. God had called him to that and He was faithful in protecting him while he completed his mission at Hacksaw Ridge. For me, I know that our “just one more” calling was adopting our son. The orphan crisis seems so insurmountable that adopting just one child out of millions and millions that need families did not seem like I was doing much, but Bennett was our “just one more”. My question for you is what is your “just one more”? Is it adopting? Is it sacrificing something else so that “just one more” is saved? Is it counseling a single pregnant woman and helping her so that she decides against abortion your “just one more”? Is it loving someone who makes it difficult your “just one more”? I think God has given all of us a “just one more”. I know that Bennett was one of ours, but I believe He has more for us as long as we are willing to say yes. We all have another “just one more” as long as we have breath in our lungs and a heart willing to follow wherever He leads.