I have had a number of things happen to me that could only have been orchestrated by God. And, there are some new insights about God that I have learned that are game changers, and new things the Lord has taught my wife and I together that have grown our marriage and/or family significantly. When special things happen, I believe we should do something concrete so that we do not forget God. In tough times, we can go back to these memories to refresh ourselves or to show our children what God has done. In the Old Testament, the miracle of God’s people crossing the Jordan River without a drop of water on them was remembered for the ages by “memorial stones.” By the way, these “memorial stones” were God’s idea! Read the following passage to see what I mean…
“When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, 2 “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, 3 and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.”
4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5 and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 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.”
8 So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the Lord had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down. 9 Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day.”
“Memorial Stones” give God glory for what he has done so that we are not quick to forget. Pray about starting this practice in your home. As the biblical passage above explains, “memorial stones” not only remind you of His goodness, love and power, it gives testimony to our children. This becomes a powerful inter-generational tool. Be creative what “memorial stones” look like in your family. They are His idea and for His glory!