From The Mindful Manager: The God Factor at Work by Patricia Wilson. Copyright © 2009 by Patricia Wilson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Fresh Air Books.
Read Joshua 3:7-17
The back story of this text—all that has brought Israel to the edge of the Jordan and the Promised Land—reads like a case study in developmental psychology. Think of the long captivity in Egypt as a kind of extended gestation for Israel and the rescue from bondage a most difficult labor and delivery. The wilderness wailing of the hungry and thirsty Israelites was infancy (the terrible twos!); while at Sinai, Israel received basic instruction, the Commandments, the elementary dos and don’ts. The golden calf? Predictable adolescent rebellion, followed by a harsh “grounding” in the wilderness. Then, Moses, their “parent,” dies.
Every day, early in the morning and sometimes in the afternoon or evening, I take 20 minutes just to be in God’s presence. During these two periods of the day I try to be completely open to God, who is my source, lover, and constant companion. Twenty minutes twice a day is not a lot of time. But it is enough to turn my life around.
Come to the top of Mount Nebo with me. Even on a hazy day, the view 4,030 feet above the Dead Sea impresses. I stand there on a 100° day looking out over Jericho and the Dead Sea contemplating the deep soul tremor that Moses might have experienced. He knows his leadership is transitional between God’s promise to Abraham and future generations. His unique task of leading two generations from Egyptian slavery comes to a close, and Joshua’s task of leading the current generation in conquest begins. … read