Then Joshua gave orders to the people’s leaders: “Go through the camp and give this order to the people: ‘Pack your bags. In three days you will cross this Jordan River to enter and take the land God, your God, is giving you to possess.’” Joshua 1:10-11
The Jordan River was a mightier body of water than Dunnings Creek, near where I am spending the summer. When the Israelites arrived at the Jordan River and looked across to the Promised Land, they must have wondered how they were expected to cross the river.
After a couple days of rain, Dunnings Creek raised about three feet. Where a few days ago children waded in the water, now they would need to swim in a strong current with life-saving devices. In a few more days, the water will recede, and they will be able to walk across the creek.
We remember that God parted the Red Sea and made it possible for the Israelites to flea out of Egypt. What I had forgotten is that God also gave Joshua’s selected twelve priests power to part the Jordan River by merely stepping into it. [Joshua 3:14-16]
After forty years of wondering in the desert, the chosen people crossed the Jordan and established their new homes, planted crops, raised animals, and increased their families.
We give God the glory for parting the muddy waters during the storms of our lives and promising to never leave us stranded.
Dear God, thank you for keeping your promises. Amen.