Remember the detail in the story of the Israelites crossing the Jordan River that the priests carrying the ark of the covenant had to step into the river? They couldn’t just walk up to the edge of the river. They had to get their feet wet (and risk looking mighty foolish) before God would do the rest, cutting off the flow of the river to create a clear path.
Flashback a generation. When Moses was leading the Exodus, he didn’t have to get his feet wet! All he had to do was raise his staff and the waters of the Red Sea parted ahead of him.
Now, back to the Jordan and the priests with wet feet: What do you think they felt taking that first step? They know, of course, that God could have dried up the river a mile and a half ahead of them if He wanted to, but instead, He said this,
“When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.”
Sometimes, like in the Exodus, God parts the waters before you. Other times God says, “You go first. Then I’ll show you what I can do.”
Another detail to notice: the Bible tell us that “the Jordan is at flood stage.” Why does it have to be at flood stage? God understands the water cycle. They’ve been waiting 40 years! Surely he could have timed this better, right?
Yet here they are, taking a step into a river that has never seemed so big.
Ever have one of those “wet feet” moments? A moment where you know God is with you but it’s still terrifying to take that decisive step?
For me, it was launching ClearView Church. One year ago (how time flies!) we stepped into the water. And since then? God has indeed shown us what He can do.
There’s so much from this first year that I want to share with you. I’m planning posts on the milestones we’ve reached, the ones we’re eyeing currently, and the lessons we’re learning along the way. But I want to hold off on those until after I have a chance to share some at our ONE celebration this weekend.
For now, let me just say two things
First, if it’s even remotely possible, please come worship with us this Sunday. (YMCA Camp Forbing at 10 a.m.) It’s going to be an amazing celebration of God’s goodness among us. I am so excited to share what God has done through ClearView this first year and anticipate what He’ll do in year two. If this is the first time you’ve visited, please read this open letter I wrote before Launch Day a year ago. It still expresses the community God has called us to be.
Second, the next time you come to a “wet feet” moment, go for it. Faith is more than just intellectual belief. It’s an active trust that God is present, active, and gracious. It’s about taking steps, one at a time, only to discover that you’ve journeyed farther with God than you ever imagined you would.
You go first. God won’t leave you wondering what He can do for long.