“Take your sandals off your feet. The place you are standing is holy.” Joshua 5:15.
I’m not fond of driving over bridges—especially long ones like the mile-long bridge over the Saylorville Lake near Des Moines. I have to psych myself into believing I’m driving across land instead of water and yet I white-knuckle it the whole way. I don’t much like being a passenger riding over a bridge wither.
I’ve recently learned about a seven-mile bridge in the Florida Keys, which is actually one of two bridges. The first one was damaged, and between 1978 and 1982 a second bridge was constructed by its side. The old one remains in use for people to walk on… imagine that. I’m told the scenery on the drive across the bridge is amazing, but I’m not planning on driving across the bridge or taking a stroll on the old one.
In today’s scripture reference, God had chosen Joshua to take over the leadership of Moses when he entered the Promised Land. God appeared to him as a Commander of the Lord and told him to take off his shoes because he was standing on holy ground. This was done as a symbol of reverence to honor God.
I can honor God by removing the emotional strongholds I’ve placed upon myself in regards to my fear of heights and tread on the solid ground God gives me when I put my trust in him.
Lord, help me trust more and fear less. Amen.