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There’s an old saying that history is written by the winners. This may be true. In our day and age, I think it may be written for convenience at the price of accuracy.

I’m thinking of an amazing story from the Korean War in which almost 1,000 orphans were airlifted out of Seoul on December 20, 1950. An amazing feat essentially orchestrated by one man and his God.

A movie was based on this event showing this incredible story that encompassed courage, hope, desperation and miracles in the commonplace, all within a 24-hour period.

There is only one hitch with this movie and it’s a big one, in the portrayal of the saving of 1,000 orphans, it  features the wrong man. According to his own memoir, Chaplain Colonel Russell L. Blaisdell who was helped by Staff Sergeant Merle Y. “Mike” Strang was the person who orchestrated the event.

That wrong was finally made right over 50-years after what has become known as the “Kiddie Car Airlift” took place. Just this past December 2009, Blaisdell was honored in Korea for his bravery and compassion in helping to rescue those children.

The story is phenomenal and his memoirs, “Kids of the Korean War – Father of a Thousand” tells it all, the fear, the work, the desperation and the faith. It is impossible to not see the hand of God woven throughout it.

I can think of other examples in which the wrong people were given the credit for things they didn’t do, or the people who orchestrate a wonderful benefit to the community, either worldwide or small town, were ignored, then forgotten in the rush to tell the story.

People get forgotten.

They do fantastic things and not only don’t get acknowledged, they flat-out are forgotten. Sometimes the rest of us never know what they do because it just doesn’t come up. Their stories aren’t always made right the way that Chaplain Blaisdell’s was.

Sometimes there is only one who sees, and He always knows what the true story is.

No matter who gets the credit, we can be assured that God knows, He sees, He cares and no matter what, He is always ready to praise us for doing what’s right even if He’s the only one who sees it.

And, that’s all that really matters anyway.

“You are aware of all my ways.” Psalm 139:3b

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