Friendly Enemy Aircraft

One of my favorite stories:

Proverbs 16:7
“When a man’s ways please
the LORD, he makes even his
enemies to be at peace with him.”
ESV

I’ll never forget the story of A.C. Sorrell who was flying a P47 Thunderbolt over a hill in Europe, only to see directly in front of him an opposing enemy aircraft. As he quickly squeezed the trigger on his guns to shoot down the German fighter-plane, his guns jammed.
A.C. Sorrell shares, “I could see the man so clearly in my sights, that if I were to ever meet him on the street, I would recognize him. After that, as I was going back to base, my guns fired perfectly. I should have been able to blow him out of the sky.”
A.C. became an evangelist, and decades later preached in Frankfurt, Germany about God’s love and protection by telling this story. A German gentleman whom he strangely recognized came up to him and said, “Was it this very hill, located in this part of Europe, on this particular day?”
A.C. replied, “Why yes, how do you know this?”
“Because my guns jammed too.”
Then this German pilot went on to tell A.C. Sorrell how after he came to a clearing was able to perfectly fire his guns. But he also told him how he too was filled with the Holy Spirit. Even though the nations were enemies at that time, God’s mercy and grace protected both of them in the cockpit, and made them friends.
I can’t tell you how many times in ministry a “people” problem would pop-up. The worst mistake in that situation would be to get in the flesh and stew in worry and spout off in anger. But every single time people would just calm down and get with the Holy Spirit, God would faithfully deliver. If you’re struggling with a situation, ask the Holy Spirit to speak into the cockpit of your and their life.

By Aaron F. Jeffers

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