|Our memorial “stone”|
…tells a story in our closet.
When I was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, I found it comforting to me and to my husband to write reminder notes on pink heart sticky paper at various times, leaving them in a variety of locations where he was sure to find them.
He began to put them on the wall of the closet near the doorway, and there they have stayed. It’s been two years since the note posting began.
The other day, I paused as I was exiting the closet to just stop and read them again.
I found myself reminded all over of several things:
- our faith in God was not shaken
- the Scriptures in the Bible ministered to me greatly and I would pass them along on a sticky note to him
- expressions of love come in numerous formats and mine happens to be writing
- I should let him know I love him even when I’m not sick and so desperately needy
- sticky notes can stick to lots of surfaces (a leather car seat, a page in a Bible, toilet paper, light switches, steering wheels, checkbooks, pillow cases, dop kits, inside folded undershirts…), but most importantly,
- they remain as a sort of “memorial stone” to us of what God did during that time in our lives.
It was a common practice for those way back in the Bible to leave markers in the landscape where a “God thing” happened, unless they were pagans (and they had a similar practice but God didn’t get credit). By leaving a standing stone in the midst of wherever, it was sure to spark a comment from passersby as to the purpose of its placement.
Those who were witnesses to the event, would testify to the meaning behind the stone. That would lead to a testimony of God’s work at that location.
As the stories of God’s work in His chosen people’s lives and their specific standing stones would pass down through the generations, God’s active involvement in their lives continued on in symbolic form.
Joshua 4:6 (NASB) says, “Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’, then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever. Thus the sons of Israel did as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, just as the LORD spoke to Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel; and they carried them over with them to the lodging place and put them down there. Then Joshua set up twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan at the place where the feet of the priests who carried the ark of the covenant were standing, and they are there to this day.”
His faithfulness in their lives remained as visual reminders of His work.
So, those paper hearts won’t stand the test of time, but they serve as this couple’s standing stone of God’s work during a period of time we still are surprised ever happened.
Think of those “standing stones” that remind you of a work of God in your own life.
Opportunity for Response:
Share a “standing stone” memorial that you have in your life as a reminder of God’s work.
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