Mandy Baker Johnson

Living without Shadows

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Rahab’s Journal: Preserve

My family and I could have easily felt out of place in this Israelite camp, but they have all been so welcoming. One family in particular has been very friendly; Jonathan and Elizabeth have taken us under their wings.

They have quite a large family, from Salmon a strapping young man in his early twenties to nine-year-old Jael.

Today, Jael took me to see the memorial stones by the Jordan. She skipped alongside me chattering non-stop. When her people (or should I say ‘my’ people now?) were camped on the other side of the great river, the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant walked down into the water first. As soon as their feet touched it, the river began to part on either side, forming great walls of water.

Jael’s words tumbled over themselves as she breathlessly told me how she’d walked on the dry river bed holding her abba’s hand, looking up at the walls of water on either side of her. She even saw fish swimming in the banked up water.

When all the people had crossed over, the priests carried the Ark of the Covenant through the river bed and up the bank. Only then did the waters rush back into place with a huge crash.

‘Water splashed everywhere!’ giggled Jael. Her eyes were glowing with the wonders she’d seen.

‘There!’ she stopped and pointed.

I looked and saw the towering pile of memorial stones, boulders really.

‘Why so many?’ I wondered aloud.

‘There are twelve, one for each of the tribes of Israel.’ Jael explained. ‘God said that when our children and grandchildren ask us why they are there, we can tell them how He parted the River Jordan so we could walk across safely on dry ground.’

I nodded. I was falling more and more in love with this amazing God who does wonders for His people. My heart leapt as I realised that I am now one of them. He preserved their lives in the Jordan River, but He preserved my life when Jericho was destroyed. I love Him. 

 

 

See

Can you believe we’re on day seventeen through Lent? Today’s word prompt is SEE.

This reminded me of a prophet in the Bible called Elisha. Syria was at war with Israel and Elisha was proving to be a nuisance because God told him the Syrian army’s secret plans which Elisha passed on to the king of Israel. The king of Syria got pretty hacked off with this and decided to try and capture Elisha. He found out which city Elisha was living in and surrounded it in the night.

When Elisha woke up in the morning, his servant freaked out. All he could see was the Syrian army – hundreds of horses and chariots – surrounding the city.

‘Oh no, this is a disaster! What are we going to do?’

Elisha was calm. ‘It’s okay, don’t be scared. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’

The servant may well have thought he was potty until Elisha prayed: ‘God open his eyes so that he can see.’

Elisha’s servant then saw a huge fiery army of horses and chariots all around Elisha.

Elisha prayed again and the God of Heaven’s Armies spectacularly defeated the Syrian army.

It would be nice (in some ways) to see the spiritual world as reality. But not seeing it doesn’t make it any less real. God is there and He is for us, and He has promised that Jesus in us is greater than the one who is in the world.

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