Pam and I were reading Joshua 3 recently. Just this morning we were in church where that chapter was the source of the message. It is the account of the nation crossing over the Jordan River to possess the land. They were breaking barriers of faith in that transition! The river dried up before them and a fresh batch of miracles began.
The pastor at the church we visited said, “When we sanctify ourselves God does wonders.” The basis for this is in Joshua 3:5; “Then Joshua said to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.’”
Pam and I are reconsecrating ourselves as we cross over once again to a new place, a new chapter in our pilgrimage. Our home was sold in Sevierville, TN. We seriously lightened ship by selling and giving away things. We are now visiting daughters in Chattanooga.
Our next little jog will be to double back to the SC coast to vacation with all three daughters as well as Brian and his wife Rebekah. We were so excited yesterday to discover the child Rebekah is carrying is a Boy, James!
The second week in January we will be pulling our trailer, crammed to the gills, into Abilene, TX. I wonder how the people in Joshua’s day answered the question, “What are you going to do in the Promised Land?” They only had inklings of their future. I suppose it’s the same for us.
We have our ideas of what tomorrow holds but are being careful not to presume too much. A first priority will be to find a strong sense of Christian community – meeting our neighbors, finding Christian fellowships, developing relationships which are essential for doing life and ministry.
Thanks for sending up a prayer for us today. We know that working with our friends the Bellas and the Israel Prayer Mission will be a big piece of what we do in Abilene. Steve will also be continuing his writing, voicing audio books and looking for ways to let the Light Shine for Jesus.
Bless you with whatever crossing over you are doing in the New Year. As you consecrate yourself to God watch for the wonders!
Steven C Johnson