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Day Fourteen

 On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”

So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!    Joshua 10:12-14

Preschooler Denny came to class one morning bubbling with excitement about having played tee ball. “We won our game,” he said. “Did you get any hits?” his teacher asked. “Yes,” he answered. “And I got some scratches, too.”

I love that little boy’s attitude. He’s excited about the win despite the hits and scratches along the way.

As you know, life is full of “hits and scratches,” so how do you get past them to the win? How do you win the victory despite the obstacles? How do you turn opposition into an opportunity to overcome the enemy in your own life? God can flip your opposition, just like the sun stood still and the moon was stopped by His intervention. God has the power to intervene in nature to flip the script in your life. Just like God was fighting for Israel, He is fighting for you today.

In March of 2018, the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team needed a goalie in their game against the Winnipeg Jets. Their regular goalie, Anton Fosburg, was injured in the 3rd period, so they called on their rookie goalie, Collin Delia, to substitute. Then he too was injured, and the Blackhawks were out of goalies. So, they called a fan out of the stands into emergency goalie service.

That fan was Scott Foster, a 36-year-old accountant, who hadn’t played a hockey game against serious competition in over a decade. He had been a goalie for Western Michigan University, so the Blackhawks had designated him as an “emergency goalie.” Hockey teams don’t expect their “emergency goalies” to ever play in the game. It’s just an honor they bestow on some that give the honoree free food in the press box. However, last March, the Blackhawk’s emergency goalie, Scott Foster, literally walked down from the stands, put on his gear, and took to the ice.

Foster said, “The initial shock happened when I had to dress and then I think you just kind of black out after that.” Then he added, “I don’t think I heard anything other than ‘Put your helmet on.’”

As Foster took the ice, he stopped all seven shots attempted. He earned the team belt (an honor reserved for the game’s best player), and he set social media ablaze with tweets and posts from fans and analysts who could not believe he had never played professionally before. Foster said, “This is something that no one can ever take away from me. It’s something that I can go home and tell my kids.” The ESPN News Services read, “NHL stunner: A 36-year-old accountant who has never played pro stars in Blackhawks win,” This is a great morning to recognize, God wins, God wins! Praying for a great day to serve God!