After writing The God Who Stays, I went on to read the story in Joshua, I wanted to know what happened after they crossed the Jordan River. Then I got to these verses here and my mind was blown away
Joshua 4:5-7 and Joshua said to them: “Cross over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, 6 that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ 7 Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.”
My grandma loved the month of February. Her birthday was in February, in a café in downtown Atlanta she met her ruddy, athletic husband in the month of February, and above all else, it was (and still is) Black History month. You’ve probably heard it said, “Never forget where you came from” right? Well, I got that a lot from grandma. She loved it whenever I innocently asked, “What is this?” And “what does this even mean?” I was too inquisitive for my age but she would gracefully answer all my questions with love and admiration of-course reminding me how I wasn’t so different from my dad whom I didn’t know so much about. She loved history, she would talk about her story and the history of black people. She painted a great mental picture that it would be difficult to forget anything.
See, the children of Israel collected twelve stones for a memorial. Listen, we all have our stones of remembrance. We all have our own river Jordans that the Lord dried up until we were crossed over. For David, when he was facing Goliath, he remembered how the Lord handed him the bear and the lion in the bush. For the twelve disciples when they were hit with a storm, they looked at the twelve baskets they had after Jesus had fed the five thousand men.
There are rivers that the Lord is going to dry up for you, there are provisions that the Lord is going to provide, there are doors that the Lord is going to open for you, there’s a promotion coming your way, a marriage door is opening for you. Listen, gather stones. Those are your testimonies. Testimonies help us in times when our faith is tested. When there’s no bread in the house, when your relationship isn’t going well, when there’s a letting go at your place of work, when there’s no tuition fee for your college, when there’s a pandemic like the one we facing now, look at your stones. Remember the things God did for you in the past and how He came through for you in your hour of need, and draw strength from that to face your current situation.
Rev. 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.....
Child of God, What are your stones?