So, I did some research and while I couldn't find the actual numbers of state police officers actually in the state of Maryland I did find that there has to be hundreds! After all, there is 22 barracks and a barrack is in charge of a county with multiple officers for each barrack. Now I know that little statistic may not mean much now but just give me a minute!
So 4 men, while being very well qualified, were going to have to cover the same area that hundreds of officers are in charge of in the state that is the size of the Alaskan Troopers area and they were going to have to cover everything that had to do with law enforcement in that area instead of having different divisions and organizations to cover the different aspects. That sounds so daunting, and I'm sure the troopers know just how daunting it is.
(If this blog does nothing but encourage the Alaska Troopers and maybe spread the word about the work these men and women are doing I would be satisfied, but that isn't it!)
Let's think about this in light of Scripture. These 4 men were to take something that most, if not all, that heard of it would say is impossible and yet they accomplished their goal. Sound familiar?
I have even said myself, in the past, that carrying the Gospel to the world in one generation is impossible! After all, we have very few Christians in the world and even fewer that would actually evangelize like they are commanded to. But if the troopers of Alaska can show us anything it is that dynamite comes in small packages and if a person, or small group of people, puts his mind to it then he can do whatever is set before him. I remember reading somewhere that Jesus said the "fields are white for harvest (John 4:35)" and all that was needed was someone to go and harvest them. That is true today! Even though Matthew 28:19-20 seems as though it is impossible, it isn't because we have God and because small groups of people can do amazing things if they will put their minds to it. Sometimes it doesn't even take that much to harvest the fields!
So as you go about the rest of your week keep the Alaska State Troopers in your thoughts and prayers, not only because they protect a large number of people but because their influence and example is what needs to be in the heart of a Christian! - We CAN do it, now the question is... WILL WE?