I have viewed several war movies. Some were pretty graphic, but as graphic as they were, the battle scenes usually only took 5-10 minutes of the film. Some films have two or three battle scenes, which still adds up to only a half hour of a 2 or 3 hour movie. The reason I mention this, is because most of us have no comprehension how long an actual war battle would take. I guess guys are really engrossed with bloody battles, I could do without them. I'm interested in the end result and how it fits in the storyline, but as for the actual battle itself, I don't need to see or hear all the gory details.
War is grueling. Battles are not five or ten minutes long. They take hours. It is physically depleting, mentally draining, and psychologically exhausting. And that is just the fighting part. What about all the setup before, and cleanup afterward? Soldiers would be strategically placed, waiting for their cue. Artillery would be stationed, ready to roll on command. Officers would be alert, waiting for some sign to attack or defend. All of the waiting puts a soldier in a sort of nervous frenzy. When the fighting actually takes place, adrenaline kicks in and he becomes a machine prepared to pummel anything in his path. I know it would be the adrenaline because my police officer husband has says it has happened to him in high-pressure situations. The adrenaline rush gives the soldier or rescue person a kind of tunnel vision which only allows them to see the task at hand. This is why when an officer has to take down a criminal, and more than one shot is fired, calling them "trigger happy" is not usually accurate. Many times, the adrenaline has kicked in , and the officer has switched into survival mode. For those of us never having been in this type of situation, (and thankfully I haven't) it would be easy to be critical of the end results. On the battlefield, the scenario would be the same, but on a larger scale. It would be easy to see how the soldier would switch into survival mode and not even be fully aware of all his actions until the battle had ended. Even though he experienced it first-hand, the tunnel vision view would only give him a narrow scope of what had taken place. A soldier on the sidelines, might be able to paint a broader picture.
|Saul Destroys Nashan the Ammonite's Army--Taken from Treasures of the Bible|
By Henry Davenport Northrop
International Publishing Company, 1894
I am in a battle every day. These battles are sometimes only minutes long, like in the movies. Some take hours or days, like on a real life battlefield. My enemy (Satan)seems stronger than me, and I assure you, he wants to take me down. He wants to take me down in the small matters first, because the taste of victory will encourage him to topple me in bigger areas of my life. I need a soldier's tunnel vision for the battle before me, so I will not be distracted by the battles around me. I need God's Holy Spirit to supply me with adrenaline to defeat the enemy. I need His wisdom, and His peace to calm me after a victory so that I can give Him the glory for the success. I am a soldier, and unlike the movies, my battles are for a lifetime.