Life is a series of transitions. Some we like, some we don’t. All have their challenges. We tend to like the transitions that are apparent “promotions” in our lives, while we tend to loath the ones that bring discomfort. However, what if the transition is a painful promotion? In the things of the kingdom, transitions have a way of testing our understanding of God and His ways. The Lord declared through Isaiah:
Isaiah 55:8–9 (ESV)
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Israel faced literal transitional waters three times in their early history. Once at the Red Sea and twice at the river Jordan. Each time they faced transitional waters it was major trepidation for them. At the Red Sea Pharaoh was pursuing them. The first time they faced the Jordan it was the fear of what lay ahead of them in giants and fortified cities. The second time they faced the Jordan it was beyond flood stage. Needless to say, transitional waters are never easy to approach in our lives, no matter how we define them. Even so, the will of the Father at times is that we not only face them, but we cross through them to receive what He has promised on the other side.
In biblical times rivers were major lines of demarkation, both geographically and culturally. Rivers were borders of nations and people groups. To cross a river was to go into a whole new world. To cross a major river back then was dangerous enough, more less not always knowing what you would encounter on the other side. Such is true of life today. We will all face times of transitional waters in our country, our work place, our families and ministries.
Thankfully, the Lord is never leading us “blindly”. We may not see a way across, but He does. We may fear what is on the other side, but He doesn’t. He simply bids us to cross with promises of a good land flowing with milk and honey. The deeper we go into the things of the Kingdom of God, the greater the blessings found. Therefore, He makes a way by parting the waters as we determine to move ahead in His purposes and plans for our lives. But He doesn’t stop there, He continues to go before us as we continue to follow by faith.
No wonder the Psalmist declared…
Psalm 66:6 (ESV) 6 He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot. There did we rejoice in him,
As the people of God continued to move forward through the transitional waters they experienced the miracle of God’s power on their behalf. It was there, in the midst of transitional waters, that they rejoiced! We must learn to do the same. We must learn to rejoice in God’s power in the midst of our personal transitions. He is the Way-Maker and He will not fail us…if we just keep walking through the wind and waves.