“In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” – Joshua 4:6-7
Recently, I was reading in the book of Joshua about God’s commandment to the Israelites to set up these “stones of remembrance” to memorialize His might and glory for future generations. And it got me thinking about my own ways of setting up those stones. One of my favorite things to do is to read back through my old journals. I have been keeping a pretty detailed record of my life since fourth grade, and it’s amazing to see how circumstances and challenges have evolved and changed over time, but with a very obvious thread of God’s goodness, faithfulness, and provision. In the moment, there were things I was facing that seemed impossible. But then, skipping ahead six months or year later, many of those situations had either taught me an important lesson or had a blessing in the resolution!
And if I hadn’t written it down, I wouldn’t have been able to go back and be reminded of God’s hand in it all.
I know we’re already halfway through January, but maybe this year we should all make a resolution to leave our own “stones”, however they may look, using whatever beautiful and unique talents God has given us. Maybe that means painting a picture, capturing the world from behind a lens, or writing a song. You’ll be amazed at what you have forgotten about five years down the road, and what these reminders will bring back to you. And meanwhile, we can praise Him now for what He is already doing, and for the sovereignty and faithfulness we will be drawn back to remembering in the future.
In the hardest moments, my own “stones of remembrance” bring me hope and anticipation that God has never left me hanging…and there is so much more to come!