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 3:15-16a)
I want to be a person who lives in the space that’s created beyond taking the first step. Here’s what I mean by that.
Until we take a first step, we can be paralyzed by fear of the unknown. What if the other person doesn’t respond? What if the deal doesn’t go through? What if I lose my job? What if my family doesn’t want me back? What if I can’t pay my bills?
We can come up with all kinds of “what if” scenarios before we take a first step, but I believe that it’s in the space beyond the first step where our heavenly Father wants us to live. In that space we understand trust, and we have to place ourselves at the mercy of God’s goodness and lovingkindness toward us.
As you examine the lives of people of faith, that first step never makes any sense. For Abraham, he was to sacrifice his only son – the son of promise. For Moses, he was to stand before the most powerful man in the ancient world and command him to release the Israelites from slavery. For the priests, they were to step into a raging river and pray that God would make good on His promise.
Can you imagine what the priests were thinking? “Joshua, are you sure you heard God right? You do know that it’s flood season, don’t you? Joshua, you’re not the one stepping in the water. What if we get swept away and lose the Ark? What if God isn’t really with us? What if …?” You get the idea.
The space that’s created beyond the first step is a space of trust – it’s a realization that you are at the mercy of God and that you’re all in. I believe God wants us to live in that space.
Where is God asking you to trust Him? What step do you need to take?
Father, I don’t want to live my life being paralyzed by fear of the “what if” scenarios that I’m capable of dreaming up. Instead, let me be bold in my trust of You. Let my life be marked by taking steps and declaring my utter dependence on You.