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Stepping Into The River

Have you ever felt like you were afraid to take the first step into what you knew you were supposed to do? Fearful of the what ifs and the possibilities that run through your head? I just started reading the book of Joshua a few days ago, and I have already been challenged so much. I have been challenged to let my faith have action. It is so easy for me to say that I believe something or say that I am trusting God for a certain thing, and yet when I have to take action and step out in faith it all of a sudden feels so much scarier.

I will admit that worry is a problem for me, and I wish it wasn’t. I am not sure when I became such a worrier, but I feel like my worry got upgraded when I became a Momma. It probably drives Jeremy crazy how many times I tell him the worst case scenarios that I have concocted in my head. He is quick to remind me that everything will work out…it always does.

I read yesterday about the Priests and the people as they were crossing the Jordan River with the ark, and how the waters parted. It is so easy to rush through reading and studying Scripture and miss the point. I try so hard to do this and journalling while I read has helped me a ton. I was amazed at how good God is as I read the passage, and how He always makes a way for His people. But, then a phrase caught my attention, “And the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water”. It caught me off guard as a realized that they had to act on what God had told them before they saw the waters parted. I am sure they felt a little silly, a little unsure, a little fearful, and had so much anticipation of what God would do. And of course, God did what He said He would do…he parted the waters and the people passed through the middle of the Jordan River on dry land.

I am so thankful for the stories in Scripture that remind me that other people have walked this road of life before, and God has been faithful. He is so Good and He is always Faithful.

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Amen! I’m so thankful that we have testimony after testimony in the Scriptures that detail His faithfulness. Last week Psalm 77 “happened” to pop up three times in my life… and through it the Lord reminded me that He wants us to remember His wonders. Because in the remembering of His past faithfulness- in our lives and in friends’ lives and in Biblical accounts- our faith is grown to trust in present circumstances. So thankful for that!

Jocelyn Simmermaker

Thank you for this, girl. Just what I needed to hear today.

Thanks for sharing this! I totally hear you. I think it’s human nature to worry, and sometimes we just can’t help it because we l want things to turn out okay and the unknown of the future can be so scary without having some sense of security. Becoming a mom has added a lot of worries to my day too, especially having a daughter who had health problems! I found Philippians 4: 6-7 to be so comforting during the toughest times. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Our lives are in God’s hands, and that’s ultimately what gives me comfort- knowing that the most powerful and amazing God is watching over us in everything that we do :)


PS- thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! Glad I found yours :)

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