Hi all you beautiful people out there!
How are things? "Things" can be radically different for all of us on any given day, can't they? We could be having a "sunny and 83 degree day" or a "last Spring, it will never dry up day" and everything in between. Today I spoke to a friend who was leaving for a dream European trip, a friend with her Mom in critical condition and a friend dealing with some serious health stuff. Today also, I had a great report for something our son stepped up to self advocate for at school, had good news about an event for the college effort we are working on and found an error at my "day job" that is not a great thing. So there ya go! You never know what a day will bring.
We can fill our days with "things" can't we? They are good things, worthy things, and sticky things. They are also sometimes things that get in the way of something we need to step out to do. We may have something we need to do, but it's a big thing to us, so we fill our time with lots of "things" and thereby, push off that "something" we need to do.
The Bible tells about Joshua - who took over leadership of his people after Moses - needing to move forward. God told him in order to move forward he had to step in a river at flood stage - Jordan - and cross it. What was the key to success? Building a bridge with supernatural wood? Walking over the water like Jesus would walk on water? Building a mini ark? No indeed. It was to have the priests wade INTO the water. Once the priests waded in ...the water would part and the riverbed would dry up. It was rainy season and the river was full, moving fast and overflowing. Why were the priests the first ones in? Because they carried something called the "Ark of the Covenant", which was a chest of sorts that contained Holy items from God and represented God's presence with their people. A visual reminder that if we put God first, he can do anything. The people always went BEHIND the priests with the Ark. That way, the people always had God in front to lead the way. So what happened? Just as God said...when the priests stepped in, the riverbed dried up and all others were able to cross onto dry ground.
So, what's your Jordan? What is the "Thing" you need to step out and do, that only you can do? Is it make that call to school and talk about how things might be tried in a different way to help your kid? Is it to schedule a teacher conferene or IEP meeting to take care of an unpleasant subject that you would rather build a bridge than wade in for? Is it schedule that councelor, psychologist, speech path, etc. etc. to try something new for your kid? The inertia of being too busy with "things" to do the very task you need to tackle is a tool we may use to dodge what we know we should be doing, and what God may have in mind for us if we ever would actually wade in. So! I encourage you to take a look inside your heart and see if there's a Jordan you need to step into, and then know there is a mighty God that will go in front of you, if you let Him!