2 crossings – 2 transitions: The inspiration for Transitions RTC
From William Wilberforce to the Sufrajets, from Nelson Mandela to Malala Yousafzai, the story of oppressed people groups being led to freedom is inspirational. Perhaps one of the oldest and most remarkable of these is told in the Jewish scriptures (Christian Old Testament), which recount the story of the birth and formation of a nation – Israel.
Liberated from captivity by a miraculous act of God about 3500 years ago, the Israelites crossed through the red sea leaving their life of slavery in Egypt behind. Some wanted to go back as what lay ahead seemed too scary, so they wandered through the desert wilderness for 40 years, until finally God raised up Joshua to lead them across the river Jordan. They arrived in spring time when the river was in flood and in order to cross they had to take a huge step of faith – to step out from the life they had known for a generation and trust God to take them through the waters, to leave behind the familiar, however uncomfortable, and embrace the unknown – to step into a new land. See Deuteronomy 32 v 47 in the context of Joshua 3 & 4.
The promised land was a land full of opportunity, a land flowing with milk and honey, but it was also a land of challenge and risk-taking with enemies to be faced and overcome.
So they could thrive and enjoy living in the promised land, the people had to learn a whole new way of life, a new set of standards to live by. God gave them a new code and encouraged them to choose life.
Israel’s historic experience embodies the recovery journey, leaving behind addictive behaviour and embracing a whole new way of life, fulfilling destiny making the most of a new land of opportunity.
At Transitions we know it takes a step of faith to leave behind old ways and familiar habits, people and places, and another big step to embrace a new lifestyle and fulfil your potential.
It takes courage and it takes time, and it’s more difficult the longer you leave it. That’s why we want to journey with you now.