Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Land Between

This year we vacationed up north in a little town called Norland.
There is not a lot there.

I took a picture of this, their town sign because I found it humorous.
The Land Between. What a funny thing to put on a sign!

Funny then...not so funny now.

Like I said, we vacationed in The Land Between.
I never expected I would stay there this long.
The Land Between. You now, some days God is so very clear with what He is telling you. Some days He makes it very clear. And then there are those times that you miss completely.
And this has been one of those times.
See, this journey that God has me on was jump started during my time in Norland, and since then I have felt "in between". Not being able to go back to life as it was, yet not getting the green light to move forward. I have been in between for 4 months.

And I can almost taste the change, it's that close.
And I live in anticipation every day of the answer that is sure to come.
And it is breaking me beyond anything I have ever felt.

Yesterday I hit that point when tears come, and anger flows, and pain happens, and this tortured soul cried out into the silence, only to be met with peace.
Peace so real and tangible
Peace so undeserving.

And I am reminded by a dear friend to trust.
So I do. Because thats all I have left.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Be Strong and Courageous

I can just imagine it.

after a trip that only need take 11 days turned to forty years

food from heaven to sustain

old life dying off and making room for new

And the command comes.

be strong and courageous.

And new spies go to re-visit the land of the strong hold, and realize that its not so strong, and they know they can defeat that which held them captive for 40 years.

But there is one thing left in the way.

the Jordan River

Calm most of the year, but the season is Harvest, and the river is overflowing its own banks, fast flowing, and looks like death.

And Israel can only recall stories of the great Red Sea, for they themselves were not present to witness the miracle of water folding back on itself. And Moses is not with them to raise staff over head and command "Part!".

And God has been invisible for 40 years, only showing Himself through manna and quail and even then, consistent gifts from God loose majesty, don't they.

Be Strong and Courageous

Joshua prepares Israel for task a head by commanding purity, for God will do great things.

And to the Priests, the ones chosen to bare the Ark, the dwelling of God, he tells to step out into the river.

For this time around, the walk is by faith, not by sight. The way is not made easy, or so it seems.

there is no parting of water before stepping out, no proof of salvation

because God does not always do things the same way.

Deciding to let Israel walk the path unknown, He chooses to stay hidden even now.

So the Priests step out into the river, feet touching current, water easily able to take them


And by Faith water parts

And God is in the middle of it all, holding back death itself to make way clear for His kids.

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