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So the Sun Stood Still

**Still recovering from our accident this past August, but what I wrote on this busy July day about praying powerful prayers to our Powerful God strikes a new chord of clear resonance as we have been blessed by thousands of prayers by our friends and family. God is amazing and he answers prayers. He’s good at what he does, so miracles are in every moment. Friends, pray and watch and wait and see just how much he loves you!

Friday, July 29, 2011 is shaping up to be a full and busy day.

Somehow in the middle of our summer we are landing on a day that is scheduled tight from 8 a.m. clear through the Dollar Family Feast night at our local minor league baseball park. We will come and go, hither and yon and back again and, if all goes well, crawl into bed happy and ready to rest. Sometimes days like this beckon with a happy call, like a neighbor kid asking to play, but other times these overstuffed days create ridiculous stress.  And on some days, troubles seem to pile on leaving us weary and confused from the constant concussion of firefight. There are times we can’t go “have a moment” or grab a coffee or a quick nap. Sometimes we don’t get a break. How do we stay still during times of great stress or emotional suffering? Gypsy Mama’s Five Minute Friday is a small swath of time, just writing. Today’s word: Still.

I’m considering that single double-day in history when the Sun Stood Still.

/GO/

Joshua, Israel’s first commanding general, was commissioned by God with the task and privilege of taking the young nation of Israel into the land of Canaan, that infamously flowing with milk and honey goodness swath of middle-eastern real estate.

They were met with resistance, however, and faced battle after bloody battle with the peoples who populated Canaan. The story in Joshua chapter ten begins with a slow-burn: Joshua waiting with his masses of soldiers and civilians for the stirring of war.

Stir they did. Five kings formed a confederacy against an outnumbered army of Gibeon, a recent ally of Israel within the bounds of Canaan.

The Gibeonites called on Joshua for assistance, who in turn received assurance from his God who said, “Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands; not one of them shall stand before you.”{Joshua 10:8} Five armies would fall to the Israeli and Gibeonite alliance.

Immediately, Joshua led his troops toward the valley where the enemies lay in waiting. They marched all night and as day broke, the fighting began. Joshua’s secret weapon was the God of the clouds who sent hailstones and storms into the battle. The atmospheric ordnance battered the unwitting enemies and wounded many, but the numbers were great. This day would be the greatest test of Joshua’s career, indeed, his very life.

And here, in this story of great battling, we see how Joshua passed the test and claimed the promised victory. He called upon the God of Heaven and Earth and Every Created Thing to make the sun stand still and the moon stop dead in her track across space.

The audacity! The brazen and boldfaced prayer reads more like a demand: Make the sun stand still!{Joshua 10:13}

But God did. He willed the universe to stop its coursing through the the vast, black channels of space because the apple of his eye needed Him, boldly crying out for intervention in faith that God could and would deliver!

And ” There was no day like that before it or after it, when the Lord listened to the voice of a man; for othe Lord fought for Israel.” {v.14}

Now Joshua had witnessed the greatness of God in the desert, at Jericho and beyond, but to call for a miracle with cataclysmic possibilities is simply scurrilous superiority, isn’t it?

But God held back every force in the universes and fought for Israel.

My friend, he’s done that same thing fighting for our souls. He has held back his own wrath, held back the forces of evil bent against his beloved creation just long enough to save us.

Joshua and his fighting men received a double-day and the war-movie-like destruction of the five kingdoms was terrifying and complete because Joshua called on his God is a ginormous way! There was no whimpering, “Give me patience,” or simpering, “Defeat my enemies, I suppose, if that’s your will.”

Make the sun stand still! Get in here and battle with me, win this war for your glory, God!

A prayer of hyper-proportionate power.

God, make my sin stand still! God, stop my enemy Satan from attacking my family. God, get in here and radically shift the universe for us, the apple of your eye, the gift you gave your Son Jesus, your children whom you called and foreknew.

Make the sun stand still.

Battle, God, battle for me.

/STOP/

 Taking part in this five (or so) minute write is interesting because we never know where it takes us, our stories are so diverse and experiences unique. To read other Five Minute Friday posts on STILL, click here!

Blessings and Have an Incredible Weekend,

Aly

Joshua 10:12- 14:  Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel,“O sun, stand still at Gibeon,
And O moon in the valley of Aijalon.” 13 So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped,
Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies.
Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And nthe sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. 14 There was no day like that before it or after it, when the Lord listened to the voice of a man; for othe Lord fought for Israel.

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6 Comments

  1. Suzi says

    Thank you so much for the 5 minute Friday. Thank you for the reminder. So glad that God is there with us in all our battles.

    Suzi

  2. Mary Hess says

    Oh! I love this! Yes! Make the sun stand still! Battle for me God! Thank you for sharing this powerful story of Joshua. Have a great Friday!

  3. Joy says

    Glory be to God is the underlying purpose of this seemingly demand that was spoken directly to God! Because the Spirit of God was leading the child of God was acting upon the plan set down by God! When we purposely follow the leading of the spirit we than can know God’s will is done! Fear God, follow the Spirits’ leading and God will be glorified! Great Friday Five Minutes! Thanks Alyssa!

  4. Well I realize how slow I am now! I’m a regular tortuga!

    What an impassioned read. It was wonderful! What a tremendous reminder that the God of the cosmos holds back with His hand the destruction of our bodies and souls. He is the beginning and the end. He is our help. He is our strength. I’m in need of it today and everyday. Thanks for the reminder Alyssa.
    Needed this today.

  5. I love the idea that if we will only still ourselves, then God will fight our battles for us. Some days are like you one you mentioned. I have many actually. Then I crash and just have to stand till for a LONG time and let God refuel me.

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