Friday, March 19, 2010

Where There's a Will There's a Way

“Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water's edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (the Salt Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.” –Joshua 3: 15-17

Now we meet Joshua, the successor of Moses. And as only a successor of Moses would, he gets off to a pretty gangsta start.

Israel must cross the river Jordan in order to enter the Promised Land and reach their first foe; Jericho. But of course, as has become the theme so far in the Old Testament, an impossible obstacle stands before them.

The river is high when they approached it and they have to get everybody across. So what does Joshua do? He has the Levites lead with the Arc of the Covenant. When the Arc reaches the water, the river stops flowing and the people are able to walk across the dry riverbed.

One of the scariest things about pursuing our dreams is that they tend to seem impossible at first. After all, that’s why it is a dream right? If it was easy to achieve you’d have already done it.

But when we go for dreams that are in line with our talents and purpose there is always a way to achieve them.

I’m sure you have heard about Ben Underwood. Ben was diagnosed with cancer in his eyes when he was three years old and had both of them surgically removed.


But he didn’t let that stop him from living as normal a life as possible. With theencouragement of his mother to use his other four senses to navigate the world, Ben created a form of echolocation to serve as his new eyes.

Echolocation is what dolphins use. It is also the logic behind SONAR. You make a sound. That sound bounces off of objects that it encounters and comes back to you. And based on how long it takes for that sound to come back you can determine the precise location of that object.

With this miraculous skill, Ben could not only tell where the things around him were, but he could also “see” cars, cups, fire hydrants, and trash cans.

No matter what your dream is, it can be done. When you get to that point where it seems impossible just remember that “impossible” is God’s specialty.

Just keep moving forward. Where there’s a will there is always a way.

Here is Ben's Story...

Today’s Reading: Joshua 1-3; Mark 16

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