Crossing over the Jordan…

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Joshua 3:14 When the people set out from their tents to cross over the Jordan, the priests bearing the ark of the covenant were in front of the people. 15 Now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest. So when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the edge of the water, 16 the waters flowing from above stood still, rising up in a single heap far off at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, while those flowing toward the sea of the Arabah, the Dead Sea, were wholly cut off. Then the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 While all Israel were crossing over on dry ground, the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, until the entire nation finished crossing over the Jordan.

After 40 years of wandering in the wilderness the Israelites finally cross over into the Promised Land. They did so by walking across the River Jordan on dry land, in a very similar manner as they did 40 years earlier by crossing the Red Sea. The two water crossings serve as bookends to the season of wandering.

Our passage for today reminds me that God can overcome what appear to be insurmountable obstacles to our eyes. I’m thinking especially of the novel coronavirus which seems out of control right now. When will it end? Only God knows. Dear Lord, hold us in your care in this time of pandemic. By your power, lead us to the other side. Amen.

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