Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday Faith Post

THIS is my post for today.   It's from our friend Mustang's site and I just had to print it here for you so even more people could see it.   It's a marvelous story and one I couldn't stop reading, though military stories don't always grab my attention ...Brother, did this one.
"Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you."  Psalms 9:10

Please read the'll make your day.  Have a good one.  And, if you've got a miracle story like this, please share it!
(thanks, Mustang)


Ed Bonderenka said...

I remember hearing about this when I was USAF.
As soon as I read your link to this I thought of the guy who fell without a spleen.
Never heard the whole story til now.
Thanks to Mustang for posting it.
I wonder what he's done with the second chance God gave him forty yrs ago.
I think I'll look.
Became Game and Wildlife Dept head for state of Alaska under Sarah Palin.
Lives in Wasilla.
Wonder if he attends her church?

FreeThinke said...

This may sound "inappropriate," but as I read through the story over at Mustang's, I kept thinking, "This story was just MADE for The Reader's Digest. They could publish it exactly as it is without changing a word. I hope this fellow Judkins submits his story to them."

Honest! I did!

Well, lo and behold, there at the end was the notice that Mustang had gotten the story FROM Reader's Digest many years ago!

Who knows why these things happen, but I believe we have ENORMOUS reservoirs of untapped strength within us we don't know about -- until they're needed.

I have read somewhere of a mother -- just an ordinary woman -- who was able to lift the full weight of a four-door SEDAN off the ground to save her son who was trapped beneath one of the wheels.

Both mother and child survived.

The arrogant atheists who think they have it all figured out, and that life is bound and determined entirely by THEIR poor understanding of "rationality," while men of faith are derided as merely "deluded," just make me want to laugh.

"God is our refuge and strength -- a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not feat, though the earth be removed and the mountains carried into the midst of the sea, though the waters thereof roar and be troubled ..."

Have a revealing, insightful, inspiring Sunday.

Duckys here said...

@FT -- The arrogant atheists who think they have it all figured out ...

Got that wrong.

It's pretty clear the evangelicals have it all figured out not the atheists.

WomanHonorThyself said...

Who knows why these things happen, but I believe we have ENORMOUS reservoirs of untapped strength within us we don't know about -- until they're needed. ..well said and I agree wholeheartedly Z..have a blessed day girl..hugsssssssssss!!

Z said... that right? Wildlife? Well, who knows how many people his story's affected!

FT..Mustang mentions at the bottom of his post that he first saw it there in a Reader's Digest about 30 years ago. I love to consider how many know about it.
And yes, there are many stories about the moms who could suddenly lift a car! fantastic.

Ducky...Atheists are CERTAIN. Christians keep seeking. FT is right.
Do you know the meaning of evangelical? You always seem to use it with such a pejorative angle...Some Catholics share the Gospel, too; I hate to hurt you but they, too, would be considered evangelical for that very action.

Woman..Not sure it's us, but we help !:)

Waylon said...

Interesting story.

I found the first part of the story describing a similar problem experienced by a pilot shortly before the problems experienced by the man relating his story. When I see a series of similar and related problems experienced by two pilots it strikes me as something more than mere coincidence. While experiencing a second problem so similar to the first, except that the second pilot was unable to eject from the plane except by manually ejecting, I hope somebody did some checking on what could have occurred that two experienced pilots would experience almost the exact problems consecutively except that the original problem was exacerbated by the functioning of the mechanical ejection mechanism.

That he kept a calm cool and collected head when in the face of death says a lot about the character of this individual. Interesting that he left the military to enlist in the service of Sarah Palin and Alaskan wildlife, though.

Robert Sinclair said...

Apparently there are two individuals by that name. One of them works in Alaska in the construction industry. The other flew with Delta Airlines for 35 years and retired as a captain. I believe the one who flew for Delta is the individual who made the free fall.

My Source

Mustang said...

I was not a military pilot, but I can say that military aviation is always a work in progress. Military aviation employs a system similar to that found in civilian aviation that we call NOTAMs (Notices to Airmen). NOTAMs are generally messages sent out to alert others of peculiar weather phenomena. In the military, whenever one type aircraft experiences a problem, a message goes out throughout DoD to all other military services that operate that same aircraft making them aware of a problem.

The F-8 was always a difficult aircraft to fly, but its performance as a fighter was superior to anything yet fielded by the military up to that time. In the case of the glitch in aerial refueling, the Marine Corps and manufacturer were still attempting to figure out what happened the day before to Major Tooker when Lieutenant Judkins experienced the same problem. Tooker’s chute opened, Judkins’ didn’t. If that same thing would happen today, however, authorities would ground all like-aircraft until maintenance could develop an understanding about what happened, and formulate a plan to fix the problem.

Remember that jet fighters are high performance machines. They sometimes break. When they break, people often die. I recall a series of incidents in 1977 that resulted in the grounding of every USMC F-4, due to stress fractures in the wings. Flying fast, high, and like a bat out of hell, you do things to metal that, over time, produce greater risk to the crew. Military aviation is dangerous even in peacetime. I have yet to meet a military aviator that gave much thought to the “what ifs.”

Z said...

Robert, thanks for that.
I GOogled and started thinking "I think these are two different guys with a pretty unusual name..."
I think you're right.

Mustang...those fliers are a different breed, aren't they? Consider the bombers in WWII, too....many of whom knew pretty well that they or a LOT of their buddies up there were not coming down safely. Amazing courage.

Impertinent said...


"NOTAMs are generally messages sent out to alert others of peculiar weather phenomena..."

We call them PIREPS too.

Ed Bonderenka said...

Well, I've been wrong before.

Z said...

Ed, I don't know how Robert found that because when I saw your info, I Googled pretty deeply and only found the Wildlife guy, too. Seemed odd, but who knows?
That's not your everyday name, either, is it!

Robert Sinclair said...

@ Z

I did provide you with a link to my source.

Ed Bonderenka said...

Just talked to Cliff Judkins of Wasilla.
Not the guy.
Robert Sinclair wins!

Z said...

Robert, thanks...what I meant was HOW YOU FOUND THE LINK was beyond me! Good sleuthing! TALKED to him?!!

Ed Bonderenka said...

Yea, he's heard it before, but was no help.
Nice guy.