“The priests will carry the Ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth. As soon as their feet touch the water, the flow of water will be cut off upstream, and the river will stand up like a wall.”Joshua 3:13 (NLT)
As she starts a new week, Jen tallies the obstacles in front of her. It feels like hard has become a normal way of life, but she still hasn’t gotten used to it. She can’t.
She and her husband aren’t doing well. They barely spoke all weekend. One of her kids is sick and may need surgery. She has an appointment with the lawyer about that legal matter that has been hovering over her…unresolved for two years. Then there’s the usual drama at work waiting for her as soon as she walks in the door.
Jen can’t believe how complicated her life has become. What happened? She wonders, would staying in bed with the covers over my head be an option?
Like most of us, Jen needs some hope. She needs to take her eyes off of her circumstances for a minute and think about God. Specifically, she needs to dwell on God’s ability to make a way where there isn’t one and then exhale.
Whoever said, “If God brings you to it, He’ll see you through it” was right. God has been making a way for folks since the beginning.
When we were impossibly estranged from Him because of our sin, He sent Jesus so that we could be reconciled. With two pieces of wood and some nails, Jesus made a way for us to have a relationship with God again.
Yes, the same God who made a way for folks like Moses, Joshua, and the big congregation in the wilderness is still making a way today. Back then, God literally parted seas and rivers that stood in the way. For us, His way-making may not be as dramatic, but it’s no less miraculous.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.Proverbs 3:5-6
So how about you, how will you get through the difficulties in front of you? The same way as Jen. By faith. By faith, you’ll trust God to keep everything from crashing in around you as you take your next step. Then, by faith, you’ll take the next one and the one after that.
And before you know it, that impossible thing that was in front of you will be behind you.
It’s a new day with God. Run with it.