Saving Private Ryan is one of my all time favorite movies. It might be because I am World War II buff. It might be because I am a Tom Hanks fan. It might be because it is simply a well made movie. Part of the reason might be because when I went to see it at the movie theater the first time, it was with my dad. All of these contribute to the fact that Saving Private Ryan is on the list of my favorite movies.
There is a scene in Saving Private Ryan towards the end that has always been interesting to me. Tom Hanks has found Private Ryan [Matt Damon], which was his mission. Private Ryan has orders to return home and live a long life, because all of his brothers had been killed and it was Tom Hanks’s job to let him know that he had a ticket home.
Tom finds Private Ryan in a French town babysitting a bridge. This bridge was valuable not only to the Ally advance but also the German defense. Therefore it was important that the bridge either stays under American control, or is destroyed to prevent the German tanks from crossing and turning back the Ally advancement.
Something incredible happens, Private Ryan is finally informed that he no longer is required to fight and has a ticket home, but rather than sprinting towards that opportunity, Private Ryan stays with his unit. Tom Hanks is committed to protecting Ryan and completing his mission. If that is going to happen, the Tom Hanks is going to have to protect Ryan…in the face of a superior advancing German force.
Tom Hanks comes up with a solution to even the playing field against the prospect of German Tanks and that is the sticky bomb. The process of a sticky bomb is that you take a standard issue G.I. sock, fill it with some sort of explosive, fashion a fuse, coat it with axle grease, and viola…a bomb that sticks…its a sticky bomb!
Of course this turns out to be the X-factor. The sticky bomb disables the tank, and in the face of impossible odds, the day is won.
When looking at the story of Private Ryan, and the fact that it was the sticky bomb that served to be the crucial, there is something to be learned. I believe Paul was familiar with the concept of the sticky bomb. More specific, Paul was familiar with taking what he had around him and using it to his benefit. Paul was resourceful and that is evidenced by the fact that he supported himself in his ministry by selling tents and that he used his Roman citizenship which afforded much safer travel during his missionary journeys. Paul made sticky bombs.
I think we can all agree that there are times where praising God is not easy. There are times where things happen that defy logic and reason. There are times where we will feel burned or even betrayed. Those times hurt. Those times are even scary. But those times are not devoid of opportunities to see God at work. Those times have elements to be combined to make a sticky bomb and continue to make everything we are for the Kingdom’s cause.
God has given me another opportunity to make a sticky bomb. God will present us all with an opportunity to make a sticky bomb. With that opportunity, the only question is whether we are committed to the mission? Are we committed to making sticky bombs?