Harriet’s Power

What is the source of your power and strength? Have you identified what pushes you to greatness? Many people gain encouragement from the accomplishments of others, mentors or heroes they have encountered. Recently, I saw the movie Harriet and was reminded of the supernatural power source to which we all have access.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
– Philippians 4:13

Harriet Tubman was a woman of immense bravery, determination and faith in action. When asked how she was able to free so many slaves, her response always included God being with her. Her adeptness was a result of the close relationship she maintained with Him. She trusted that He would guide, protect, strengthen, comfort and provide for her during her amazing feats. Unequivocally, she gave all credit to God as her sole power source.

I have told you these things, so that in Me
you may have [perfect] peace and confidence.

In the world you have tribulation and trials 

and distress and frustration;
but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]!
For I have overcome the world.
[I have deprived it of power to harm you

and have conquered it for you.]
– John  16:33 (Amplified Version)

Harriet inspires me to see the future good despite the current circumstances.  Her life teaches me how to be undaunted in the midst of haters, deceivers, fear and the seemingly impossible.  She exemplifies the supernatural strength it takes to go forward after a setback.  Her extraordinary accomplishments are a result of a very intimate and personal relationship with God.  The best part is…you and I can rely on this power source, too!

Power To Do The Impossible

As mentioned in a recent press release, I have always admired the historical figure, Harriet Tubman.  Not only because she led many slaves to freedom, but Harriet was known for her unwavering faith and dependence on God.   She always gave honor to Jesus for His guidance, protection and supernatural strength to endure the harsh conditions on the long journey to freedom.   Despite the fact that Harriet could not read, she would memorize scriptures that were read to her.  She would recall them in song to encourage herself and others.  She realized the power of meditation, confession and praise.  

Tubman’s biography shares many accounts of her total dependence on God to do something that seemed impossible for one person, especially a woman.  During the 1850s, it was believed that a person of such strength, dedication and courage must be a man.  Harriet sought God and experienced supernatural power to do a heroic feat!   She never took credit for her unselfish desire to free others.  She knew it was God who empowered her and thanked Him continuously for His healing, grace and wisdom.  Her life inspires me to think big and trust God to do something against all odds.  If there is something you feel is impossible for you, trust God and experience His power!

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible;
but with God all things are possible. – Matthew 19:26