Burt had an extremely hazardous mission. He was an American scout in World War II who had been instructed to assess what appeared to be a wide stretch of vacant plain in German-controlled territory. He stealthily scanned the area for traces of the enemy.
Suddenly, Burt heard gunfire and was ambushed by German troops hidden in the grass ahead. The American forces behind him opened fire, and a fierce interchange ensued. Burt was hit by several enemy bullets and tried to return to his company. But the bullets had paralyzed him from the waist down. There in the middle of the plain he lay bleeding. He thought for sure he would die on the battlefield.
Amidst the fighting, Burt saw a burly German soldier crawling towards him. Burt thought maybe he was going to take him out of his misery. But the soldier picked him up and carried him toward the American line. The firing ceased. When the German had brought Burt to safety, he walked back to his side and the firing resumed. Burt would never forget the German soldier’s selfless, compassionate act for the rest of his life.
We live in a fast-paced, greed-driven world where just about everyone is looking out for themselves. When misfortune happens, it’s easy to concede the situation is hopeless and complain that no one cares. But we know better than that, for we have a God Who cares and comforts us in our afflictions. The next time you feel like no one cares, remember God knows your circumstances and offers Himself as relief. Cast your cares upon Him, and He will carry you through.
Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will. — William Cowper
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.