I love it when whatever we’re learning through study collides with what whatever we’re experiencing in life. I imagine that if we slowed down the pace of life, created margin in our days, filled our minds with truth, and waited expectantly, we would experience such a phenomenon with much more frequency. We were studying the life of Joshua with a local Bible Study (this is the part where I put in a plug for Community Bible Study in Charlotte). The story had reached a pivotal point. The children of Israel had spent the last 40 years wandering in the wilderness due to their own disobedience. Finally, the time came for them to cross the Jordan River. The Lord caused the waters to separate in order for them to cross over and enter the land of their inheritance. After all they had experienced – the hardship, the disappointment, the heartache, and the longing, the moment had come. It would be a day that they would never forget. God’s forgiveness. God’s provision. God’s faithfulness. God’s abundance. Or would they…
The perfect Father knew the fickle nature of his children. So He commanded them to gather stones from the center of the river to set up a memorial to remind them, and their children, of His faithfulness. I love the picture of…
We’ve talked a great deal about God’s provision for our family in the past few years. We’ve gathered at meal and bedtimes to ask for guidance and peace. The loss of (and acquisition of) David’s job, the sale of our house, and our move to a new one have all prompted discussions with others about His faithfulness in the midst of an uncertain chapter in our family’s story. For many months, it remained front and center in our thoughts and conversations. But just like the Israelites, we have short memories. What seems unthinkable to forget today can all too easily become a faint memory tomorrow.
So, just like the Israelites, we decided to memorialize this amazing season in our family’s history. I don’t want to forget. I don’t want my children to forget. I want them to tell their children. Of God’s faithfulness. Of His provision. Of His abundance. Regardless of circumstance.
|My favorite nook in our new home.|
|Sam’s stone – “Because I’m happy”|
|Will’s stone – Our new house.|
| The back – “God helped my Dad get a job
and helped us find a good house
to live in. We have been very blessed.”
|Caroline’s stone – Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus.
At first, I thought that she didn’t understand what we were trying to do.
And then I realized that she may have understood better than any of us.