Little did we know that in order to film at the Jordan River today, we would have to ask God to part those waters one more time, just like He did for the Israelites. While we had talked through, prepared for, practiced, and prayed over EVERYTHING we knew we had to accomplish at the Jordan River, we failed to take one thing into consideration: the distance from hotel to the site at the Jordan that our guide had reserved for us. We assumed, from our reading and planning, that we would be at the Jordan within thirty minutes. So, we figured we would leave the hotel at 9:00AM, set-up and start filming by 10:00AM. A perfect plan!
The drive to Jordan took two hours. To complicate things, it began to rain about ninety minutes into the drive. All our plans were wiped away and Plan Faith came into play once again, as it has throughout this entire mission.
As soon as we arrived at the site, we were led to a very quiet, private area alongside the Jordan. It was so peaceful at the banks of the river, completely set apart from the crowd of people waiting to be baptized. Before setting anything up, we prayed together, surrendering our plans and timelines to God once again. We couldn’t see any possible way that we could get everything filmed given the time we had spent on the road, the impending rain, and the time we needed to return to Jerusalem. Once again, our faith proved to be too small. But God! After all, we were at the Jordan River and the same God who parted the waters for Joshua and the Israelites is the same God we serve today, right?
Not only did we finish early, but God held off the rain and we got MORE accomplished than we had originally planned. We must also mention that the two-hour drive to and from the site was absolutely stunning. We never expected to see so much of God’s holy land. While we were focused on the destination, God was all about the journey, as is so often the case.
Once again, God parted the Jordan and allowed us to pass through on dry ground. Thank goodness for my Plan Faith shoes as they continually remind both of us that although we cannot control what lies ahead, all that God requires of us is to believe.