Daily Meditation: June 22, 2022

by The Reverend Robert B. Hadzor on June 22, 2022

Early in the morning Joshua rose and set out from Shittim with all the Israelites, and they came to the Jordan. They camped there before crossing over. At the end of three days the officers went through the camp and commanded the people, ‘When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place. Follow it, so that you may know the way you should go, for you have not passed this way before.

- Joshua 3:1-4a

At the time of Moses’ death he appoints Joshua to be the new leader of the Hebrew people as they enter the promised land. As they enter the Promised Land of Canaan, Joshua is reminded of God’s presence and leadership. The Levites will carry the Ark of the Covenant and they are to follow it, no matter where it leads them.

This is a great reminder today that God walks before all of us in our days. However, we often become distracted with our own desires and forget to look for God’s direction in our lives. We must remember these wise words of Joshua and listen to the direction of God in our lives. God’s desire for us is to be in places of growth, blessing, and abundance. However, we frequently cling to our own desires when it comes to these pursuits, forgetting that God is the only true source of them. When we return to following God’s direction in our lives we will find we are being brought to places we are unable to imagine before. With God as our companion, we see each day anew.

Musical Reflection - Ramblin' Man - Allman Brothers

O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: Preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey's end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

- The Book of Common Prayer: “A Prayer for Travelers”