THIS SERIES: GRUMBLING, A BARRIER TO REST
So what's the answer?
one from each tribe, and said to them,
‘Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan.
Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you.
In the future, when your children ask you, “What do these stones mean?”
tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord.
When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.
These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel for ever.’
Remember your history with God... Remember His interventions in your life... Remember what Christ has done for you.
A Professor of Theology from my student days always used to say that ' the Jewish faith "rows" into the future', a colourful way of explaining that they move strongly towards the future, while keeping the past in view.
It should be the same for us as Christians—our appreciation of what Christ has done for us, coupled with our memories of His constant faithfulness in our lives, is what enables us to view the future with serenity.
Maybe we can find creative ways of doing the same? I have smooth decorated stones, with a word or phrase written on the other side; a reminder of specific interventions by the Lord in our lives. As well as jogging our memories, these pebbles also provide a great fund of stories for our family and friends.
If you are feeling anxious or unsettled, take some time out to remember...
1. Make a list of all that Jesus did for you through His death and resurrection. (The Foundation pages of this website will give you some ideas.)
3. Take each item on your list and give thanks. (It could take days!)
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[**Photo credits: Issak Dury (rowing boat); Simon Schmitt (pebble in hand)
@ Unsplash, with thanks]