February 11

“As soon as the soles of the feet of the priests… shall rest in the waters… the waters shall be cut off.” Joshua 3:13

The people were not to wait in their camps until the way was opened, they were to walk by faith. They were to break camp, pack up their goods, form in line to march, and move down to the very banks before the river would be opened. If they had come down to the edge of the river and then had stopped for the stream to divide before they stepped into it, they would have waited in vain. They must take one step into the water before the river would be cut off.

We must learn to take God at His Word, and go straight on in duty, although we see no way in which we can go forward. The reason we are so often balked by difficulties is that we expect to see them removed before we try to pass through them. If we would move straight on in faith, the path would be opened for us. We stand still, waiting for the obstacle to be removed, when we ought to go forward as if there were no obstacles. (Streams in the Desert)

It was so many years ago that the memory is sepia-tone rather than in living color, but I remember special moments with my father in the chainlink fenced backyard of our old home on Boyd Avenue. He carefully gripped my arms and twirled me in a full circle, allowing me to slightly sink and rise in orbit. I recall the exhilaration of it all; as soon as he stopped to rest his arms, I begged him to swing me again. My mother captured some of these gymnastic rituals with our vintage home movie camera, and I enjoyed reliving the moments as an adult. What I cannot remember is being afraid, and I am certain that is because he never dropped me. Dad had sturdy boilermaker arms and an even stronger love for his children; he never let us fall.

Faith and trust are inseparable. Faith is never static; it either grows or diminishes in direct proportion to personal experience of trustworthiness. Simply put, I have faith in who and what engender trust through proving themselves time and time again. I submit to Father’s arms because He never drops me; I step forward into an uncertain future because He has always made a way through the water. Scripture declares and experience confirms, you may trust God in the face of any challenge because He has never dropped you, and never will.

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