“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 stood and to carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.” (Joshua 4: 1-3 NIV)
As I was reading this passage, I suddenly myself meditating on how many times God has been faithful in my life. The Israeli army had an almost impossible task viewed in human eyes—getting across the Jordan River. But God was faithful, as He had promised. These twelve stone represent conquered territory but only because of God’s providence. I’d say the Jordan River drying up long enough for the Israeli army to cross was worth remembering.
I can recall time after time when circumstances in my life made the desired outcome seem almost impossible. The times I have been planning to carry out commitments and the pain would surface and I would wonder if I would be able to follow through. A very frightening time occurred when I was driving in morning rush traffic.
I hit a trailer hitch that had fallen off a car and I blew two tires and bent 2 wheels. This was in the bottom of the tunnel. God allowed me and others to get out of the tunnel unhurt—even as 18-wheelers were following closely at great speeds.
What monuments have I dedicated to God to remind me of His care? These monuments don’t have to be material things. Perhaps a regular time of prayer to thank God and to remember all the His care could serve as this daily reminder. Times of sharing with others can serve as “special remembrances” of God’s caring.
Lord, I will strive to constantly keep in mind that you are faithful. This is especially important for those of us dealing with pain and chronic conditions of health as we strive to be certain God will always follow through on His promise of loving and caring of His children.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Patricia Armstrong lives in Virgina Beach, VA and in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Va. where she and her husband, Richard, plan to retire in less than 2 years. Her hope and prayer is that those in pain will find peace in knowing God will never leave them.
Previously posted with email@example.com by Rest Ministries 10/21/2009