The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson, Chapter 10
“Give this command to the priests who carry the Ark of the Covenant: ‘When you reach the banks of the Jordan River, take a few steps into the river and stop there.'” Joshua 3:8
I don’t know about you, but I don’t particularly like getting my feet wet. I’d much rather have God part the river, and THEN I’ll step into the miracle. We want God to go first. That way we don’t get our feet wet. But it’s often our unwillingness to take a step of faith and get our feet wet that keeps us from experiencing a miracle. Some people speed through their lives on the eastern shore of the Jordan waiting for God to part the river while God waits for them to get their feet wet. (Batterson, 2011, pp. 115-116)
Three people I know who got their feet wet before the miracle: ( They inspire me!)
Cathy: She is an awesome writer and loves Jesus with a passion! She is a real pioneer for Jesus and the awesome combination of compassion and business. She can run a company with the passion and compassion of Jesus. BEFORE the miracle, she felt God calling her to shift her career to full-time writing. AFTER,she shifted (got her feet wet), miracles and offers for her to write and speak poured in. (http://www.catherineboyle.com/)
Charlene: An excellent speech and language pathologist who worked for years as a speech therapist felt God calling her to the field of healing through massage therapy. BEFORE she opened her successful business, for years she took classes to be certified while working as a speech therapist. She took a leap of faith and resigned from her job to open her business. AFTER, God gave her provision and vision. (Living Spirit Massage and Holistic Health: you can check it out on Facebook)
Wells Family: This family is in the process of getting their feet wet. They are believing God for support to ultimately go to Costa Rica to serve Jesus there as missionaries. They are getting their feet wet by selling their material items, having mission meetings of prayer, learning the language, cooking the food, praying for the country, and in a sense they are already there by their actions. I can’t wait to hear the AFTER! ( I posted on them awhile back if you want more information: (https://arrestedbygrace.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/jesus-is-everywhere-working/)
Mark Batterson has so many miracle stories of acting in faith before the miracles of God. He closes the chapter with this message:
Where do you feel like you need God least? Where are you most proficient, most sufficient? Maybe that is precisely where God wants you to trust Him to do something beyond your ability. It is in God’s strange and mysterious ways that renew our awe, our trust, and our dependence. If you want to see crazy miracles, obey the crazy promptings of the Holy Spirit. Grab your pole, head to the lake, row the boat, cast the line, set the hook, and reel it in. As you obey the promptings by casting your line, you never know what kind of miracle you’ll catch on the other side.
Go fish. (Batterson, 2011, p. 119)
Pray for crazy, get your feet wet, see God deliver!
Most importantly wait patiently on the Lord. The three stories you read in thirty seconds above have been years of dreams fulfilled. It’s in the waiting that God works. Be still and know that He is God! Being still does not mean sitting on the shore waiting to get your feet wet, it means get your feet wet and be not anxious for the next step of the journey. My friend, Char, worked many years through schooling, prayer, loss, and healing (that was the getting your feet wet part) and at just the right time, she heard the voice of God in her spirit to act and move forward.
Praying for crazy in your life, the courage to begin to get your feet wet, and patience in the waiting…