Today’s reading…a must read. SO STINKIN GOOD!
It’s time for the Israelites to continue their journey into the land the Lord has promised them—but a very big obstacle is standing in their way…the Jordan River. Where they must cross—13 miles they must travel.
What seems impossible for man—is made possible with God.
Do you have an impossible situation right now in your life? Does something just seem so far away you can’t imagine EVER getting to enter that promised land? YET…your heart is SO SURE the Lord called you to walk in that path? Now—what is that big river doing there Lord if you asked me to go there? Um…you must not be asking me to go yet. No, no…but you asked me to…I know it! Oh Lord, you say if I have faith the size of a mustard seed (TEENY!) that I can move mountains. Oh Lord, will you move this now and help me take steps of faith on this journey?
The Lord told Joshua to tell the priests to reach the banks of the Jordan River, take a few steps INTO the river and STOP THERE. Then…He’d do something. Sure–put my feet in. Nice. Get wet. AND WAIT. Sounds fun right?
And then…verse 13 “The priests will carry the Ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth. As soon as their feet touch the water, the flow of water will be cut off upstream, and the river will stand up like a wall.”
Did the Lord cut the water off and make the river stand up BEFORE OR AFTER they followed Him into the muddy water? Soak that one up right now right where you are in your following Him.
Are you waiting for those waters to move BEFORE you follow Him?
The Lord called our family to follow Him in adoption when for us–it just didn’t make sense. I had a 7 month old, 3 year old and a 4 year old when we put our toes in the water. How we would come up with everything we needed we hadn’t a clue. But that was the beauty of it. We didn’t have to. It wasn’t our idea. It was His. All we needed to do was be obedient to follow.
8 months ago we put our toes in the Jordan. Almost 5 months ago we saw the Lord carry us over and through where we were able to turn in our dossier to begin officially waiting for our child…
And indeed, this has been for us a journey of faith. A journey of watching the Lord provide. A journey deep into the heart of our Father as we trust Him for our next “promised land”…a bigger family that only He could have orchestrated.
And after we finish crossing this river—we are called to remember Him.
In all the works He does for us…we are called to remember Him and to tell others of His goodness.
Joshua 4:4-7 “So Joshua called together the twelve men he had chosen–one from each of the tribes of Israel. He told them, “Go into the middle of the Jordan, in front of the Ark of the Lord your God. Each of you must pick up one stone and carry it out on your shoulder—twelve stones in all, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing with the Ark of the Lord’s covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever.”
Verse 24 “He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the Lord’s hand is powerful, and so you might fear the Lord your God forever.”
The Lord will carry you over the Jordan. He will move waters—mountains…whatever it takes when He is the one that calls you to do something. The Lord is mighty to save, able to move and worthy of praise before He’s done it, while He’s doing it and after it’s done!
And when you get to the land…do not forget the memorial. Do not forget to tell others, your children and everyone who asks–how He was the one who did this and who was faithful. Maybe your memorial will be windchimes in your yard that sing…maybe it’ll be a necklace bound around your neck for others to ask about…maybe it will be a slideshow video of your journey that you share with everyone you know. Let the faithfulness, miracle and power shine on the Lord who did the work!
And for now—remember—He will make a way where there seems to be no way.