“Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.”
There is something within the human spirit that draws us to link our lives now to memories past – significant places and events that were altogether life changing. We see this in makeshift memorials along the roadside and statues in the park, each in their own way, evidence of something profound. Perhaps there is a degree or photograph on your office wall, and you see locked within its frame a testament to the sacrifice, effort, and discipline you invested.
MILESTONES ARE TO BE REMEMBERED
You may be able to return to an actual spot and share with others the joy of an unexpected beginning. My family got a taste of this not too long ago. We were standing on the sand in Newport Beach, CA, right where Orange Street and the beach volleyball nets intersect. I gathered the grandkids together and marked the spot, telling them, “Little did I know that right here, during a break in a game, I would meet your grandma, Mimi.” It was a precious moment.
Is this not true of our Christian experience as well? Where were you first introduced to Christ? When did He become your Savior? Are there scriptures that fundamentally altered your thinking? Has He led you through manifold trials? Mark each spot. Commemorate each one as a memorial to God’s greatness and power.
God tells us to remember for a reason. Like Joshua, we need stones of remembrance so that we can retell our stories to our children, our children’s children, and whoever will listen.
– Pastor Jack
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