“Whatever happens, we’ll come back for you.”
Japanese WW2 soldier Hiroo Onoda hung on to those words spoken to him by his commanding officer, while facing the enemy and the elements in the Philippine jungle. When the Japanese army surrendered in 1945, word got to Onoda, but he was convinced it was just enemy propaganda… so he waited on the words of his commanding officer “…we’ll come back for you”…
…for 30 years.
30 years of polishing his boots, and his weapon, ready for battle, and following his orders. No doubt often times in those 30 years, there were moments for Onoda that he wanted to surrender… to just give up. But, he never did.
God’s given us some specific orders, too. Love our neighbors and our enemies. Tell everyone we can about His love. Be the hands and feet of Jesus. Problem is, unlike Onoda, I can give up pretty easily if things don’t go exactly my way, or when serving God gets tough. Maybe that’s you, too.
Hiroo Onoda faithfully carried out his orders every day until 1974, when his retired commanding officer travelled to the Lubang jungle to personally and officially relieve him of duty. It is said that upon hearing that he could return home, Onoda saluted his commander, and then wept.
Let’s you and I commit to serving Him another day with everything we have, even when its hard… like the example that Onoda has set for us. The good news is that our Commanding Officer Jesus has said…
“Whatever happens, I’ll be back for you.”