Posted by: bshelley | February 9, 2009

Stone Memorials


Today’s Verse: Joshua 4:6-7 “Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.” NASB

I have not seen “Historical Marker” signs in California like what we had in Texas. There, we would see signs along the road saying, “Historical Marker Ahead 1 Mile”. You could pull over and read them. They were most often the site of some event in Texas history that took place at that location. As a child, I wanted to stop an have my parents read them all to me. I really like this practice of putting up memorials lest we forget. The Hebrews would put them up to remind themselves of God’s goodness, provision and salvation. Do you have a pile of rocks in your yard so that your children will ask you what they stand for? I would venture to say that we all reply “no” to that question. It’s either something we don’t do at all or we do it very differently in our culture. Can’t you just imagine children travelling with their parents on a journey passing by that place like so many others in that far away land where a pile of rocks meant something? The parents could then share the story of how God had delivered their people or blessed them in some memorable way. Can you think of a time in your life when God intervened and changed your course or blessed you in some memorable way? How could you memorialize that such that it would stand as a banner to God’s goodness and provision for all who would inquire? We need to pile up more rocks so that our children might want to know the wonderful deeds God has done in our lives. How will you do that?

I would love to have some of your comments on how you have seen that done effectively.

May God bless your heart as you seek His.


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