So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. So the LORD gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. – Joshua 3:14-16; 21:43 (NIV)
Do you welcome or dread change? I’m sure we would all agree that whether we like it or not everything around us is constantly changing. Even the earth from where we sit spins at approximately 700 to 900 miles per hour. Due to the constant change, most of our time in life is spent in the hallway of transition. It seems that we are always working toward arriving at a certain point in life and then when we finally arrive, the next transition phase begins. Change is inevitable; the key factor is how we deal with and respond to change.
In the hall of transition there is a door before and behind us. If we make a decision to digress to the past, true contentment can never be realized. Even the past does not stay the same…the only constant in that equation will be the individual who chooses to get left behind. Nevertheless, in order to close the door to the past and walk forth into the door of the unfamiliar, it will take a huge step of faith to continue to move forward, despite the darkness in the hallway. At this juncture, we also must refrain from taking matters into our own hands by trying to create an escape hatch, as there are no quick fixes.
Furthermore, the plan that awaits us just beyond God’s appointed door has been predetermined before time began and is tailor-made for our ideal situation. That door beckons to be opened. The truth of the matter is that we can’t take possession of the next phase on our journey until we take that first step forward. It’s impossible for it to move toward us. It’s the forward step of faith that creates the bridge that allows us to step across and take hold of God’s preordained plan for our future.
Lord, I ask You to strengthen my inner man so that as I am in the hallway of transition I will always keep my eyes, feet and hands facing forward to take hold and walk through the door that unleashes the next phase on my journey in this life.