"So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. 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." Joshua 3:14-16
How difficult is it for you to step out in faith? I know for me it is brutal. I worry. I stress. I wonder if I'm really doing the right thing. I want a "sign" that I'm making the right choice. Honestly, I obsess about it. But let's face it; when it all comes down to the wire, we have to trust God. We have to dip our toes into the water.
That's what the priests did. Imagine the Jordan river at flood stage. And Joshua has told them to go ahead....but what if Joshua was wrong? What if they step out, carrying the most precious ark, and the water doesn't stop? Exactly how far out do they have to go? To their ankles? Waist level? Chest high?
But they did it. Their hearts likely pounding out of fear, or maybe faithful expectation, they did it. Their feet touched the waters edge, and just as God had promised, the water stopped. Flood stage waters stopped still. Imagine.
I am reminded that no matter how huge the decision looming in my life, God has it under control. Just as He controls the mighty seas in my world, what He promises is true. He will never leave me. He will never forsake me. He will be my father and my brother and my friend, my counselor and my peace.
All I have to do is step into the water.