Stones adorn the nook and crannies of this world, adding diversity to the existing beauty of flora and fauna.
If you take a walk or hike, you will see stones adorning the rugged worn-out paths aching to be seen and held. All too often, they are overlooked by passersby.
So often, familiarity can lead to a lack of appreciation for what is right in front of our eyes.
Some stones, such as gemstones sparkle and glisten with glorious reflections and are often highly valued for their exquisiteness.
Other stones look plain and may be useful for landscaping buildings and homes. Even these are visually appealing when used strategically in patterns.
Sometimes, stones such as those worn on rings or collected while on vacation hold sentimental value.
Regardless of the outward appearance of stones, plain, smooth, jagged, or full of brilliant luster, each one carries intrinsic value as God’s creation.
The year 2020 began like every year, promise ringing far and wide. There was no indication of the messy prolonged middle to come.
The Israelites also faced a prolonged plot twist in their story, remaining lost in the wilderness forty years longer than anticipated. With no GPS to guide them, their hope was obedience and the past reliance on God’s faithfulness in bringing deliverance.In the book of Joshua, the Israelites placed “stones of remembrance” alongside the Jordan River. These stones were to serve as glaring reminders of God’s providential nature. Click To Tweet
You may not have natural stones emerge from this time in quarantine, but you may have many testimonies and encounters with God that will remain your stones of remembrance.
What areas in your life have you found God to be faithful during this pandemic?
Perhaps, you have had strangers become friends or rekindled empty relationships. Maybe, loved ones have showered you with lighthearted banter to lift your spirits.May you not only have these stones engraved on your heart but document them as well to serve as a living legacy of the assured confidence in the goodness of the Father. #stonesofremembrance Click To Tweet
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.- (Psalm 27:13, 14)