Often my mind takes me back to D-Day, and I replay the scene as the allied soldiers were landing on the beach at Normandy. What often overwhelms my emotions was the sheer courage of those soldiers. As their landing craft hit the beach, the door was dropped and as the soldiers evacuated the boat, the Germans gunned them down. One by one, man after man, boat after boat. Non-stop. History records that so many died as they landed, the water turned red with the blood of fallen soldiers. Imagine, if you will, your boat is approaching the beach amidst a hail of gunfire. As you look around you, there are dead bodies in the water everywhere, and the water is red with blood. The beachhead also is littered with dead bodies. But they keep coming, using the bodies of the dead as shields against the barrage of German gunfire. Each of those men mustered all their courage to make it onto the beach with one thought in mind - we must silence the guns of the Germans. Someone has got to get through. If just a few of us can get through, then we can save the lives of the others behind us. What incredible courage. What incredible purpose. What incredible perseverance! Regardless how hopeless things appeared in the moment, they remained true to their mission - secure the beach at any cost.
As we read the Bible, time after time, the people of God have found themselves in similar situations. Everything appeared hopeless, and then at just the right time, God stepped in and changed everything. Sometimes it appears as though he waits for us to recognize our limitations before he shows up, so that He gets the glory and the worship of His people. Regardless how things seem, God is in control. The battle is still His. He calls us as His children to persevere on to victory - through our trust in him. Nothing could change the mission on D-Day and neither can Satan sidetrack ours. Let us march on to victory- with our God before us!