Fear · Joy · Obedience · Trust

stepping out…

Sometimes… obedience feels like stepping out… into a flood stage river… fear of being swept away… unprepared… too weak…

Like the Levites… crossing the Jordan… leading the way into the Promised Land…
their only hope… all their faith… placed in the ark they held…
God’s presence… God’s call… God’s promise…

So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan
with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people,
and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan,
and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink
of the water (now the Jordan overflows its banks throughout
the time of harvest), the waters coming down from above stood
and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is
beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward 
the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off.
And the people passed over opposite Jericho.
Joshua 3:14-17 ESV

I feel like I’m standing there now…
stepping out in faith… in obedience…
unprepared… filled with fear of being swept away…

Yet… I step… trusting it’s His call I hear…
trusting His presence…
trusting His promise…
and filled with joy…

Another study to offer…
this time a joint offering…
a joint effort in sharing our stories…
our understanding… of faith…
what we’ve learned from Him… His Word…
in our following of His Way…

Like the study I offered last summer…
it’s not complete…
it has a start… a fuzzy middle… and a word for the end…

This post a step closer to the edge of obedience…
if I share it with others… there’s no backing out…

I ask for prayers… for the completion and teaching…
for sisters to come… ready to both receive and share…
for boldness along the way… for His blessing of growth in faith…

The six weeks of study (tentatively) set to begin… Tuesday… July 5…

Amen…

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