by Mark Weinrich
(Based on Joshua 5:13-15)
It is easy to presume we know, we understand the way to go, like Joshua when his mind was already on the fight when the angel of the Lord appeared. “Are you for us or for our enemies?” What a shock when the angel answers, “Neither.” Why doesn’t he affirm Joshua’s willingness to act? Instead, he challenges Israel’s general to take off his sandals and recognize whose presence he is in— the commander of God’s angel armies has come to empower and lead him. Joshua needed to worship first, to listen, and know whose Presence was going before him. In the same way, the Lord doesn’t want us planning and presuming on our own, like Joshua, there is always holy ground to seek.
Mark Weinrich lives a creative life as a writer, photographer, musician, and artist–all wrapped together in an outdoorsman. He is a retired pastor and nine-year cancer survivor. His writing and photography have appeared in over 137 news stand, inspirational, and literary publications. He has sold eight children’s books and currently has two fantasy novels on Kindle.