The Seahawks should have been there; I mean of course, at the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl NFL championship game a few weeks ago ended up being just that; a Super game. The first half was all Baltimore and the second half kickoff was returned for a touchdown to nearly put the game away for the Ravens. Then at halftime the lights went out. Players and coaches sat down, talked, stretched and regrouped for the next thirty minutes or so. What was becoming a clear blowout in the beginning of the third quarter ended up being a nail-biter with San Francisco at the finish. We all know the Seahawks would have won, but still…
Darkness changed the game.
Darkness was on its way while the Israelites were clearly blowing out the opposition; a five army team coming to attack Gibeon, the city the Jews promised to protect. The power and favor of God was clearly with the Israelites against this formidable foe, but darkness would be coming in a matter of hours and Joshua realized the battle would have to shut down for lack of light until morning. Joshua knew that darkness could change the game. He knew that the opposition could indeed regroup and make a tremendous charge against the Jews if allowed to rest overnight. So, he did what we would imagine impossible; he told the sun and moon to stay right where they were. Amazingly, the sun did not move, nor did the moon. The Jews were given additional hours of daylight; some commentators believe as much as a full extra 24 hours of light to finish the five armies off.
You and I live in a dark world. We as Christians are called to be light on this earth. The only way we can be light is to be filled with that light; the power source needs to stay connected, the breakers kept in the on position. Whatever darkness may bring: fear, hatred, bitterness, confusion, loneliness, abuse etc., we need to remember that God sees plenty well in the dark and He can guide, protect and direct us.
The Seahawks came up short, but I’m sure the Mariners will win the World Series this year. I can dream can’t I? Hey, Joshua made the sun and moon stay in the sky, so maybe…