When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan … And the priests came up out of the river carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord. No sooner had they set their feet on the dry ground than the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and ran at flood stage as before.
- from Joshua 4:1, 18
The priests knew they had been part of a miracle. The Jordan River ran at flood stage as they carried the ark into the water. Hours later, all of Israel had passed through the riverbed on dry ground. The priests were the first into the river and the last out. They stepped onto the bank and watched the river immediately return to its full power.
For the rest of their lives these priests could look back on this experience and strengthen their faith. Their future may be full of difficulty but nothing could take this experience away.
Have you had miraculous experiences with God? Some of us have seen the Lord work in our lives and on our behalf in unmistakable ways. We’ve celebrated with him and given him thanks. Our lives are irrevocably marked by his work.
But others of us have never seen anything that struck us as particularly miraculous. We’ve prayed but haven’t seen answers. We’ve lived lives full of happiness and joy, but can’t honestly claim with confidence that our lives are full of God’s handiwork.
What responsibilities do these two communities have to each other: those who have lived through miracles and those who have had a different set of experiences?
We’ll be wrestling with this question throughout this week.
Today, we want to invite you to reflect on your experience. Would you describe yourself as someone who has seen God work miracles? How does the thought of God working miracles make you feel?