Joshua

It has been a hard month. I haven’t written here much and have just contemplated life right now. Changes. Realizing I am having an identity crisis. But let me explain. It has been a worldly identity crisis. Because I know who I am in God now. I have spent the last several years changing me. I spent the time realizing who my true Father is and overcoming some past things that needed to be dealt with. Now God has changed my life tremendously. I have gone from single tough mom of 2 kids – one of which has autism, to married happily to a hard working pastor and full time special needs mom and housewife. Wow. What a change. I am now just struggling to know me in the midst of this. To find a balance between it all.

This week my focus has been on God and my marriage. God has done what He usually does and brought a message to me over and over again through reading blogs and studies that I do. It has been the study of the parting of the seas. Hmm….what in the world is He trying to teach me here? That is always my next question.

Joshua 3:9-17

 “Then Joshua addressed the People of Israel: “Attention! Listen to what God, your God, has to say. This is how you’ll know that God is alive among you—he will completely dispossess before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites. Look at what’s before you: the Chest of the Covenant. Think of it—the Master of the entire earth is crossing the Jordan as you watch. Now take twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one man from each tribe. When the soles of the feet of the priests carrying the Chest of God, Master of all the earth, touch the Jordan’s water, the flow of water will be stopped—the water coming from upstream will pile up in a heap.” 

And that’s what happened. The people left their tents to cross the Jordan, led by the priests carrying the Chest of the Covenant. When the priests got to the Jordan and their feet touched the water at the edge (the Jordan overflows its banks throughout the harvest), the flow of water stopped. It piled up in a heap—a long way off—at Adam, which is near Zarethan. The river went dry all the way down to the Arabah Sea (the Salt Sea). And the people crossed, facing Jericho.

And there they stood; those priests carrying the Chest of the Covenant stood firmly planted on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan while all Israel crossed on dry ground. Finally the whole nation was across the Jordan, and not one wet foot.” (The Message)

Wow.  I just imagined myself standing, literally, in the middle of the Jordan River. Water piled up on each side of me.

During biblical times the Jordan River was a major source of water. At the place where they crossed it was 200 yards to half a mile, and in depth from 40 to 150 feet. It was a very windy ravine and flows very fast. Research shows that the priests had to step into the flooded Jordan River and wait.  God stopped the river about 20 miles upstream.  At a flow rate of about 10 miles an hour, they would have needed to stand there about 2 hours before the water stopped flowing.

2 hours! Imagine that! Standing on the outskirts watching this happen for 2 hours!! Wow God!!

So 150 feet tall water piled up. Can you imagine that? So you are crossing the dry land and looking up at this water piled 150 feet above your head.

God is powerful. And when He has a plan and you are in obedience and following His plan – amazing things happen. Like the parting of a river.

Isaiah 43:16

Thus says the Lord,
    who makes a way in the sea,
    a path in the mighty waters,”

So who makes your waters part? Has God ever parted any waters for you? Have you chosen to obey and been a part of ‘parting waters’? Think about that dry path that God led you through as you went through the parted waters. A difficult time. It may even be now.

You may be on that dry path right now. Are you obeying God and allowing Him to part the waters for you?

I know I am. I know He has been holding back that rush of water that could literally drown me so that I can stay on the path He wants me on. I may feel as if I am struggling but the realization is I am following God and not doing just what I think I should be doing. It is a whole new experience for me. I am having to adjust me to His ways. I am giving up control to Him.

What are your parting waters???

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