A People in Transition
by Joanne Ellison

When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, who are Levites, carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.

Joshua 3:3-4

When the Israelites crossed the Red Sea under the leadership of Moses, the Hebrew word “nasa,” which means to “enter” or “walk,” was used to signify the crossing of the Red Sea. When the Israelites crossed the Jordan River, however, the Hebrew word “abar,” meaning “to cross” or “to pass,” was used.

In our personal lives, we enter or walk into different seasons of our lives. This is not necessarily brought on by an abrupt change, crisis, or a significant event. Sometimes, we simply take the next step and the transition is smooth. There are times, however, when the transition is not smooth. The Israelites were in transition, crossing over into the Promised Land. This would be a totally new experience for them, unlike anything they had done before and unlike anywhere they had lived before. There are times when we, like the Israelites, have to transition into unfamiliar territory. We become “abar” people, claiming new territory and inheriting promises brought on by radical change. Although change can be jolting and unexpected, God is with us as we follow Him.

As Christians, we continue to face crossover experiences, journeying into places we have never been before. The Lord uses these times to stretch us and to change our character to be more like His. Are you in a time of transition? Trust the Lord to go before you as He did the Israelites. Be encouraged when God takes you to the other side. There will be a fruitful land waiting for you.


                                                                                  Heavenly Father,

I do not like change. I observe friends who embrace change with joy, and others who experience change gracefully. I do not do either. Help me to trust You in this time of transition in my life. Give me hope and encouragement that You are with me as I go.

In Jesus’ name, Amen





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