Today it is my son’s birthday. This day sixteen years ago I crossed over the Jordan into my promised land.
I had been pregnant with the desire to move house for five years. My family was growing and my house was getting smaller. I believed that God would give me land according to the size of my tribe, just like God did for the tribe of Judah. I needed a big house for my big family.
I had been praying and I had dreams to keep me hoping. I had a dream where the big river in the town where I lived was held back like the River Jordan. There was grass growing on the bed of the river. That tells me the river was held back for some time, but not for much longer. This encouraged me. I believed I would be moving soon.
We moved eighty miles away. We stepped back in time. God provided a seven bedroom house in a small town. We were like the people in the south of England. We had a big house and two cars in the driveway. God fulfilled his word to give me a house according to the size of my family. We were not put to shame.
Our Heavenly Father, who cares for me, and you, saw my distress. Brendan and I had a big family and we needed more space.
I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us— yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses.
In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. (Isaiah 63:7, 9 NIV). The angel of The Lord went ahead of us brought our tribe into a broad place. The same God who helped the people of Israel across the Jordon helped our family cross the river in our town and settle 80 miles away. My family prospered and grew tall in the new space we had.
If the Lord delights in us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. (Numbers 14:8 NIV)