At a Crossroads

By Cynthia Myers

Joshua 14-16 NIV | “So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. 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.

Change is difficult. While I like to believe I’m an adventuroussoul, the truth is I am change averse. I tend to be bold so long as I know the variables and have an opportunity to analyze possible outcomes. Recently, I’ve found myself at a metaphorical crossroad where the ‘do nothing option’ is no longer viable. What was once comfortable, familiar, and safe has become restrictive and unsatisfying. God is leading me to step out of what I know and step into the life He has prepared for me. 

The children of Israel also experienced a defining moment as they stood before the Jordan River that separated them from Promised Land. The land could only be claimed by stepping out of the desert that held them captive for 40 years and stepping into the waters of promise. God’s presence went ahead of Israel just as it had throughout their journey – fulfilling the promise He made to Abraham generations before. 

God wants us to trust Him and follow  even when we don’t know the outcome.  Our willingness to let go and trust Him will enable us to become the people He created and called us to be. 

Prayer: Dear Lord, give us a spirit of boldness to go forth in your name. Help us to remember the promises that you’ve madeknowing that you are faithful.  We know that there will be spiritual rivers to cross and mountains to climb, but we know that the promised land of eternal life awaits us. Amen.  

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