Joshua erected a monument at The Gilgal, using the twelve stones that they had taken from the Jordan.
…this was so that everybody on earth would recognize how strong God’s rescuing hand is and so that you would hold God in solemn reverence always. (Joshua 4:20-24, The Message)
You instructed Joshua to build a memorial of twelve stones - a memorial that would speak of your blessing, guidance and protection to the generations.
We erect monuments to our heroes - military, commerce, philanthropy, church and sports.
But what are the “stones that speak” in my life? Could I find twelve? What about faith? Family? Is there a stone that speaks of service? Discipleship? Grace?
And certainly, my monument doesn’t merit chiseled marble. Maybe a pile of river rocks where your Spirit has removed the jagged edges.
Lord Christ, I pray that my life will speak to others - of your blessing, guidance and protection - that they will hold you in reverence and recognize your strong, rescuing hand. Amen.