SHE walks on dry land
The last two weeks of August, I got to travel back to back using TSA PreCheck. It's amazing because you get the privilege of keeping your shoes on and skipping the infamous airport stripdown! It’s amazing how much you value the little things, because you could have called me Oprah and I would have turned to answer. I felt like someone important when the ticket agent guided me to the empty lane, while all the others were directed to stand in a long queue.
There was just something fascinating about receiving exclusive access to things, especially when you didn't realize that they were options in the past. But in lots of ways, that’s how God works.
"Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away"
The Israelites were promised that they would receive victory. They were hyped up and ready to name it and claim it...until they reached the Jordan River. With caravans filled with all their belongings, there was no way they could cross the river without getting stuck. To make matters worse it was flood season.
They were left looking at His promise ahead with a very obvious obstacle in front of them. What do you do when God gives you a promise and you face a problem at the same time?
“And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.”
Literally stepping out in faith, the Israelites took the Ark of the Covenant before them which contained important items that served as reminders of God’s faithfulness (Ten Commandments & a Bowl of Manna).
“And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.”
After crossing over, Joshua instructed one member from each of the 12 tribes to take a stone from the middle of the still-parted Jordan River and make a monument of remembrance.
"He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’
I must admit at times, I have to force myself to look back at my own "stones of remembrance" as a reminder of when God provided a way for me when there seemed to be no way. I’m not talking about shorter lines at the airport, but those really tough situations when it was just me, Jesus, and my tears.
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”
I haven't done it yet on paper, but when I go back, mentally, over the last 5 years and think about all the things I wanted and begged God to do, but didn't happen in my life, I begin to see the piled up stones where He opened up doors I never even knew existed (‘,but God’ moments) which became even more perfect routes to the blessings I'm enjoying today.
What are some stones of remembrance in your life that remind you of God’s faithfulness?
What victory had God already promised to you in the midst of a seemingly problematic situation?