Making the Father Known

A Journey of Faith – Shoes In

Do you ever want a plan “B” or even a plan “C, D, or F…” if plan “A” doesn’t work? I know I do, but of late God has been speaking to me about not having backup plans, saying trust in plan “A.” Scary stuff in a world that constantly preaches security just in case things don’t turn out the way we planned.

When you read Joshua Ch. 3-4 you notice there is no plan “B” in case the Jordan River doesn’t stop flowing. And to make matters worse the Jordan is at flood stage, making it impossible for 2 million plus people to cross over. Notice the word “impossible,” I think most, if not all, of the Father’s “plan A’s” are impossible.

But here is the key to God’s plan “A,” He always goes first. If you read these chapters you will see that the “Ark of the Covenant,” is mentioned 11 times, go ahead underline that in your Bible. Remember the Ark was the symbol of God’s presence with His people. So God would step in first and stay there until all the people made it to the other side. He would be the last one out.

How would you have liked to been one of the four priests who carried the Ark into the rushing river? One scholar I read said the Ark weighed about 183 pounds and that the place where they walked into the Jordan was a steep drop-off. Once they took that first step forward — no plan “B.”

I’m sure the butterflies were doing back-flips in their tummies as the stepped into the water, but the moment their shoes touched the water, the miracle happened and way upstream the river was dammed up. The Jordan stayed that way all day until everyone was safely on the shore of the Promise Land. When God’s presence left the River with the priests, the Jordan was released and rushed down the valley once again.

What is God’s plan “A” for you? Are you ready to step in and experience a miracle? Remember who is with you as your shoes get wet – the True Ark, Jesus Christ. And the Bible says that if you have given your life over to Him you are a True Priest (I Peter 2:9).

To be honest, His plan “A” can be the scariest moment of your life. But I can testify that your “Jordan” will stop and you will stand in awe on the other side of the miracle that just took place. Go for it today with both shoes in!

6 replies
  1. Julie Geertsma
    Julie Geertsma says:

    Thank you, Tim, for these words. The timing was truly God’s as I sit here ready to take that scary step of faith, whispering over and over, “Are you sure, Abba?” Your words confirmed to me that yes, He is sure.

  2. Michele Bennett
    Michele Bennett says:

    Thank-you for always challenging and modeling obedience to Our Abba. Most of the time scary, sometimes exciting but always worth it. He goes before, He goes with and He comes in behind us, surrounding us with His presence – these are all the ways He builds our faith and hope in Him. He is always the faithful Father, calling us forward to test the waters, going with us so we know we are not alone and coming behind us encouraging us to keep moving forward into the new and beautiful life He has for us. I can picture Him so excited when He sees us move, cheering us on.


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