Then Joshua said to the Israelites, “In the future your children will ask, ‘What do these stones mean? ’Then you can tell them, ‘This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’
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Our memories are often incredibly short. We think we’ll remember a profound moment, a revelation, a fleeting glimpse of God–forever. But if we don’t find a way to memorialize those instances, we can lose them.
Well aware of that, God made sure the Children of Israel gave permanence to the miracle He wrought for them, so that when their children–who had not witnessed what God had done–asked about that pile of rocks, it gave them a chance to pass the miracle down to the next generation, and they to the next.
We all have our own Jordan Rivers, and our own individual miracles. For me, writing is a way to remember those moments. On my blog’s menu, under “Home Life,” there’s a submenu item called, “Stones of Remembrance.” Here’s one place where I’ve memorialized some of the many times when God has shown me that His eyes never leave me, and that He knows me better than I know myself.
After one such time, I rinsed out a glass bottle and wrote down the story (I’ll share it here another time). Then I rolled up the little paper and tucked it in the bottle. Over the years, I’ve added more stories, more moments when God revealed His presence to me.
However you do it–through journaling, through art, or any other way you come up with–it’s important that each of us create our own Stones of Remembrance. Because we’re not always going to be here. Today we have a chance to share our testimonies of God’s revelations to us. When our lips are stilled, those stones can still tell our story.