#SayWhat? Mark The Moment

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A safari in Africa.  Sounds in the night.  Camping in the open African air, hearing all the animals.  On this particular night, I was sitting outside, in the cool winter air on a second story deck.  It was pitch black.  I couldn’t see a thing but I knew below the deck was a river.  I could hear animals rustling in the bushes alongside the river.  I wondered what it would have been like to be the Israelites, so close to the Jordan, being told it was the Promised Land on the other side but not really knowing for sure.  Hearing something, across the river, rustling in the bushes.  Big.  Scary.  Unknown. Wondering what was on the other side. 

Would I still go?  I can honestly say it was scary on that deck, in the darkness, not knowing what was out there.  I can only imagine what they must have felt like. 

Then God said to me “Remember to cross the Jordan regardless of the sounds you hear in the night”. 

#SayWhat?

Yes, he said those exact words.  To me.  He was very insistent that I take note of this moment in time.  He told me to mail myself a postcard with those words on it for future reference.  To mark this moment. 

My tour guide of course thought I was nuts.  Who mails themselves a post card with something like that on it?  But God said do it, so I did it.  #SayWhat?

Why would he do this?

Because he knew of the MANY Jordan moments the next 7 years would bring. 

Uproot everything and move to Australia where you know no one.  #SayWhat?

“Remember to cross the Jordan, regardless of the sounds you hear in the night”

Get dual citizenship with Australia.  #SayWhat?

“Remember to cross the Jordan, regardless of the sounds you hear in the night”

Walk this path of sickness, as a foreigner in a strange land, even if it leads to death.  #SayWhat?

“Remember to cross the Jordan, regardless of the sounds you hear in the night”

Uproot everything again, and move back to the States with no job or plan in place.  #SayWhat?

“Remember to cross the Jordan, regardless of the sounds you hear in the night”

Change careers and ministries without knowing what is coming.  #SayWhat?

“Remember to cross the Jordan, regardless of the sounds you hear in the night”

Fully embrace natural medicine and holistic healing.  #SayWhat?

“Remember to cross the Jordan, regardless of the sounds you hear in the night”

And the biggest Jordan of all.

You have to go to the darkest memories of your soul to find emotional healing.  #SayWhat?

“Remember to cross the Jordan, regardless of the sounds you hear in the night”

Tonight he gave me a picture about my current Jordan:  Perfect Isle vs. Oopsland. It was as if I could see myself from the back, standing on the Perfect Isle side of a raging river looking toward the other side -Oopsland.  My heart is asking if it could be true.  Could there really be a land where it’s ok to fail?  Where it’s ok that I turned out just as I have.  Where it’s ok to have a crooked path instead of a straight line. 

Could it be? 

“Remember to cross the Jordan, regardless of the sounds you hear in the night”

And so I step.  I don’t want the unknown, the sounds in the night, to keep me stuck in Perfect Isle. 

I must cross this Jordan as well.  I’ve come so far.  Will you join me in Oopsland?

 

4 Comments

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed your post! You are an excellent writer. I felt like I was reading a novel and I wanted more! lol lol
    I really enjoyed this today! See, I have also had to “cross the Jordan regardless of the sounds in the night.” Many times those times either began or ended with a #SayWhat? in response to something God had for me. I learned a long time ago to just submit and say #YesLord. I would much rather be in His will and do something out of my comfort zone than go through the turmoil of disobedience. I have been there. Now, THAT is a dark place.
    To answer your question…I will join you in Oopsland!!! I like the people there. They are a lot like Jesus. Compassionate, loving, forgiving, and happy. I really don’t fit in on the Perfect Isle. They are stiff-necked people like the Israelites and judgmental like the Pharisees. Yes, Oopsland sounds perfect!!!

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    • Oh Marsha I love it! Agree completely with how dark the turmoil of disobedience can be. Excellent words. So glad you will be in Oopsland with me!

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  2. Wow, that’s a lot of Jordans to cross! Love that God is teaching you so much from Oopsland, Billie! =) And that postcard is your rock from the riverbed as you crossed it again and again. (Joshua 4:1-9) Thanks for sharing your soul, sweet sister!!

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    • Thanks Stephanie! Going to look that verse up right now :)

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