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December 28, 2020

I was going down a path on the Maple Syrup farm when I noticed something move on the edge of the path.  I backed the UTV up and there was one of the largest turtles I had ever seen on the farm.  Not only was it big (roughly 20 inches long and 12 inches wide), but it was pitch black and looked mean.  I had never seen a black turtle.  I was intrigued so I got off the UTV to take a picture with my cell phone.  The turtle did not like that and lunged at me.  Now I was surprised because I didn’t think a turtle could move that fast.  So, I backed off, took my picture, the turtle still snapping at me, and went on my way.
“When they returned from their scouting expedition in Canaan, most of the Israelites were pessimistic.  The land was fertile enough, but the cities and soldiers already in place presented significant obstacles.  It all just seemed too big a challenge to overcome.  In their fear, the scouts spread rumors and wildly exaggerated the risks, telling the people that the land was ruled by giants.
Fear does that.  It can take a regular-sized problem and turn it into an impassable, insurmountable, unbeatable giant.  Joyce Meyer was right when she said that ‘sadly, we often stare at our giant-sized problems instead of at our God.’
Caleb was one of the few who had the right perspective.  He knew the land would make a great home for the Israelites, even though it would take courage and discipline to secure it.  But above all, he knew he could trust God.
‘Let’s go up and take the land – now.  We can do it.’  (Numbers 13:30)
Caleb knew that God was greater than the problem the Israelites faced.  And God is greater than any problem that threatens to hold our lives back today.  Being bold and ambitious is a great thing when done in love and service to others.  To prevail, all we need to do is know where to draw our strength and to quiet our hearts to hear the whisper of Christ within us.  ‘We can do this.  We can do this.  We can do this’. “ (Bear Grylls, Soul Fuel)
Now there have been times in my life that I wish I had the moxie of that turtle!  Now that turtle had confidence and courage.  We all wish we could be courageous in the face of adversity.  So many times, we encounter situations that we can handle but then we start to doubt and pretty soon it begins to overwhelm us because fear has set in.  We can try to face our situations, our storms, on our own but our strength will fail us.  This is when we turn to God and Christ whispers to us: “Yes, we can do this.”  God bless and God’s got this!

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