So Close You Can See It – Part III
In “So Close You Can See It – Part I” we learned that waiting is a time of preparation. We can wait actively on God by preparing for our crossover or in some cases we can wait by being still and trusting in God’s sovereignty. In “So Close You Can See It – Part II” we find in Joshua 3 waiting is a time of consecration. We consecrate ourselves by 1) Repenting from our sins; 2) Spending time with God; 3) Throwing off habits and behaviors that do not align with God; and 4) Surrounding ourselves with supportive and positive people. As we continue through Joshua 3 we find that waiting is a time for God’s miracles.
WAITING IS A TIME OF MIRACLES
“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. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground”
Verses 15-17 remind us that God specializes in impossible and difficult situations. In Joshua 3:1 the Israelites camped out at the Jordan River before crossing over it. Can you visualize sitting at the edge of a body of water? Sometimes you can look across the water and you see something. It may look like trees, buildings, or people. The distance is so far you can see something; however you cannot fully identify all of the details of the objects you are looking at. Often when we are waiting on something we are faced with many challenges and obstacles. We know what God promised us, but things look so fuzzy we feel like the reality does not match the promise. God will place us in a position where we must operate in a place of faith and fully trust Him that what He promised is what we will receive.
During the harvest time season scripture (verse 15) tells us that the Jordan River was overflowing and swollen. This implies that the water was so deep there was no way the Israelites could just walk in or through the water. I can imagine as the Israelites camped out for three days they questioned “How are we going to cross over a river that is at flood stage?” However, they exercised their faith and their feet touched the swollen waters and then God parted them. Did you catch that? They had to step out on faith and in deep water believing that God would work the situation out, and God did! When we face obstacles we have to keep pressing forward knowing that if God promised it to us, then He will make a way for us to overcome any obstacle to get what He has for His children.
In Part I I gave my testimony of my home purchase. When I was ready for home ownership the builder was no longer making The Jefferson floor plans. After searching for a home in other parts of town I stepped out on faith, went back to my desired neighborhood and all of a sudden a Jefferson model was available. I found out in that process that the lady who originally put a deposit on my home all of a sudden had a need to get into a home immediately. She cancelled the contract and moved to a home that was completed within the neighborhood, but on a different street.
There are two lessons we can learn from this part of the testimony. First, from the lady’s perspective sometimes what we want is not always what God has for us. We have to truly submit to God and take our hands off so that He can give us what He desires. Not our will, but God’s will should be accomplished. Second, from my perspective of the testimony when God has a blessing for us tailor made with our name on it nothing and no one can stop you from receiving what God has for you. No matter how hard it looks, no matter who has their hands on your blessing, when God gets ready to release it to you He will part rivers and cancel contracts just so you can have what God promised you. God can do things suddenly and immediately just as he parted the rivers of the Jordan. Reflecting on the story of Job, he knew that in the midst of all of his trials that God can do anything and nothing can stop God (Job 42:2). God indeed showed up in Job’s challenging situation, God showed up in the Israelites situation, and God will show up for you. The blessing is not only what you receive, but the blessing is also in the miracle of how God chooses to allow it to get to you.
Whatever you are dreaming of and believing in God for no matter how challenging the situation may look, keep believing. Dream big, surrender the dream to God, and watch God do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that you can imagine or ask for. Sometimes a situation may become so cloudy that you can’t see the forest for the trees. As you delight in God daily He will give you the wisdom, clarity, and direction you need to cross over into the victorious and abundant life He has for you. While it may be hard to see in the right now you very well may be so close to your blessing that you can see it. Be Blessed and encouraged.
Heavenly Father, we thank you that as we delight ourselves in you that you will grant us the desires of our hearts. As we draw closer to you we thank you that you are molding the desires of our heart to reflect your perfect will for our life. As we continue to wait on our appointed time help us to remain in a place of preparation and consecration as we wait on you to move. Show us what we should be changing in our character to be prepared for what you have in store for us. Build us up in a way that we are being formed into your image and likeness daily. Give us wisdom and clarity to show us situations, habits, and people we may need to omit from our lives so that we may be free to receive the abundant life you have for us. Give us the strength and the faith to wait on you and trust that all things are working together for our good. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayers exceedingly, abundantly, above all we could ask or dream of in your appointed time. In Jesus Name. Amen
~Written by Felicia McKnight~