My prayer journals are some of my most valuable possessions. At least to me. If I had to leave my house unexpectedly and could only take 1 item, it would be them. I have a stack of them by my bed that I have kept for the past 15 or so years, chronicling highs and lows, valleys and mountain tops. All of them shining a light on the graciousness of God and his kindness and mercy on my life. Whenever I am going through a deep struggle, I tend to look back through them and flip through the pages to be reminded of how faithful God has been in my life and will continue to be through each present trial. They serve as a monument – a reminder – that God was here. He was present. And He was victorious.
In the Old Testament times, the Israelites also documented the faithfulness of God so that they could be reminded of how God delivered them through their own struggles. Instead of writing things down in a journal format, they used stones and built an altar or monument in the place where God granted them victory. This would remain a symbol to future generations of God’s faithfulness and the legacy of God would continue to be passed down.
I love the idea of using stones to symbolize God’s faithfulness. This past fall, we took Hope to the beach one night after dinner and collected stones for hours. She absolutely loved it. We took them home, washed them, and over the next few weeks painted them with chalkboard paint. Each stone is big enough to write down a way the Lord has provided or something to give thanks over. We gave these out over Christmas with the prayer that others will be blessed by visibly seeing God’s hand in their lives and be able to look back on it at the end of year with a grateful heart for how God has guided them.
I don’t know about you, but I desperately need these vivid reminders as of late. It is so easy to get caught up in the everyday, the routine, and feel a tad overwhelmed. Anyone else out there feeling like they are just getting through the day? (The lack of sleep over here is definitely not helping..:) So this week, we are making our own stones and placing a basket in our kitchen with them in it, so we can go back often and reflect on God’s goodness. I challenge you to do the same! This is such a fun project~ and if you have kids, they will love finding stones and painting them and can be such a great teaching tool for them.
I pray that you see God’s fingerprints on your life this week. He is working and moving. Write it down so you can be encouraged when you need these reminders in the future.
“These stones will stand as a memorial…Then Joshua said to the Israelites, “In the future your children will ask, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the river right before your eyes, and he kept it dry until you were all across, just as he did at the Red Sea when he dried it up until we had all crossed over. He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the Lord’s hand is powerful, and so you might fear the Lord your God forever.” (Joshua 4:7,21-24)