Over the last 10-15 years or so, I’ve been able to pose this question to a variety of friends and family members: Do you remember when this or that happened…? Do you remember the time we road that roller coaster at Lakemont Park 21 times in one day? Do you remember the first time you road the Great Bear at Hershey Park? Do you remember when we went to Canada to your Uncle’s cabin? Do you remember when our parents cousin got married, we got to spend time together in the hotel room drinking tons of soda bottles?? I have many memories like that. The list is endless. These times of remembering are precious….
There are also times when God says to me or possibly you: “Remember when, I helped you through that situation that you never thought was possible to go through.” God make also say, remember when you thought you couldn’t do something that I called you to do. I helped you then and I will help you now. This idea of God helping us remember is present in the Bible in Joshua 4:1-9 –
“When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, 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.” So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 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, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 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.” 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. 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.”
God told the Israelites to build a stone memorial. What memorials or memories do you have of God carrying you through? God always carries us through. We just have to learn to trust him with each experience and situation….
Seeking to become more like Jesus everyday…