Is there something beautiful in your life you have been overlooking?
For people of God, the Jordan River carries heavy symbolism. If you are a churchgoer, take a quick peek in your hymnal. You will find songs revealing the Jordan as a symbol of death. Crossing the Jordan and reaching the Promised Land meant entering the gates of heaven.
Some time after Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, baptism took the meaning of dying to your old self (upon immersion) and being raised to new life found in Christ (being drawn back up out of the water).
In Joshua chapter three we read the people of Israel needed to sanctify themselves before they could cross the Jordan River. For this ancient people it involved devoting themselves completely to God and worshiping him. God was about to perform a miracle and he wanted their undivided attention.
“Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”” Joshua 3:5
Unlike the Red Sea crossing found in the book of Exodus, crossing the Jordan to take possession of the Promised Land required an act of faith on their part–especially by the priests. God wasn’t going to stop the flow of the Jordan River at flood stage until their feet were in the water. The priests, however, didn’t go into the water alone. God was with them in the form of the ark of the covenant, which they carried.
“The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.” Joshua 3:17
Some thoughts for those who know God through his son Jesus:
It has been almost two months since my last post. Since that time my car was repaired and the weather turned much colder. Then, the snow came–lots of it. Since I work in building maintenance, I get to spend a portion of my day outside shoveling snow. Keeping the snow off the sidewalks benefits me in a couple different ways. It helps slow down my weight gain over the winter months, and it lets me rack up tons of steps on my Fit Bit.
Traditionally, I use my free time over the winter to work on indoor projects. Since I have neglected my model trains for about three years, I’ve been working on my train layout. In addition, I’ve committed to teaching a class Sunday mornings for the next several months so there’s little time left to begin a training regiment.
It looks like I’ll have to circle the wagons and wait until spring to resume a training program. April 1st seems like as good a day as any to start a couch to 5k for the second time. This year I’ll begin training two months earlier and fifteen to twenty pounds lighter.
Between now, and then, I plan to try to keep my step counter whirling.
If you are looking for heart pounding read this is one I’d recommend. It’s book one of a three book series written by Joel C. Rosenberg featuring the adventuresome Marcus Ryker; former marine and former secret service agent.
One of the things I like about Rosenberg’s work is his ability to incorporate important world events into his writing in an almost prophetic manner. The Kremlin Conspiracy is no exception. A quote from the book:
“America’s next president needs to understand that as troubled as the Middle East is and as volatile as North Korea remains, the most serious threat facing the United States–the truly existential threat–comes from Russia.”
The plot follows a reckless Soviet president bent on consolidating his power and restoring Russia to its former glory. His plan includes capturing and annexing former Soviet states into the Russian federation and adopting the dangerous countries of Iran and North Korea as strategic allies. Will his plan succeed?
As the plot thickens, a mole surfaces from deep within the Kremlin’s inner circle taking the story to even loftier heights. Can the information the mole entrusts to Ryker be trusted or is it meant to trap him?
Joel C. Rosenberg is one of my favorite authors. The second book in this series is due out March 2019. The Kremlin Conspiracy is a must read political thriller.