So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest), the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho. – Joshua 3:14-16
I noticed something as I read this passage this morning. The priests had to get their feet wet. It was not until they stepped foot in the waters that God stopped the waters. And the water God stopped was not a simple stream or a bubbling brook; it was the Jordan River at flood stage.
Have you ever seen a stream or river at flood stage? It is a very intimidating sight. And it can be very dangerous endeavor to be close to it as well. We are often told never to attempt to pass through water that is overflowing from the banks of a river. For that water is often very strong and very unpredictable. People have lost their lives attempting to cross flooded roads.
Yet in the case of the Israelites, God not only called the Israelites to get close to the flooded waters; He called them to dip their feet into it. He called them to trust in His ability to stop even the most raging river.
And so too we must trust Him with the raging rivers in our lives. We must trust in God’s ability to stop the waters. Yet we must also understand that sometimes God does not act when our feet are dry; sometimes He waits until we dip our feet in. Sometimes God calls us to do it afraid–to not only walk toward the waters but also to stick our feet in the waters.
And as we do–as we walk in faith into the waters of uncertainty, we will see God move in a mighty way. We will see God make a way where there was no way. We will see God calm the waters and stop the waters. We will see God’s Amazing Grace as we walk to the other side on dry ground.
So keep moving forward today. Keep trusting that God will bring you to the other side. Keep believing that you will see the goodness of God in the land of the living. And keep knowing that you know that you know that not even a raging river could keep you from what God has promised you. For with God all things are possible–all things–including overcoming whatever waters may be in your way.