Stones of Remembrance: A Rock-Hard Faith From Rock-Hard Places
Anne began to believe that God would be faithful with her daughter. She could hold on and trust Him. He had proven Himself over and over. Remembering Through her pain, Anne discovered an age-old truth about God, and about the faith process.
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In the midst of distress and difficulty, God is faithful, because tie cannot be anything less. The process of remembering those very acts by a faithful God brought Anne into a place of renewed hope. How often do the circumstances of our lives threaten to cut our hearts in half? And how often have we found that the Lord is faithful to see us through, if we will only hold on and continue to call on God's reputation?
Stones of Remembrance: A Rock-Hard Faith from Rock-Hard Places
In Scripture, the Lord tells us repeatedly, "Remember. After four hundred years of slavery in Egypt, and then forty years of desert wandering, the Israelites stood at the cusp of the Promised Land, on the edge of their future. They had been waiting for this moment since Abraham's time. Only a teeny issue separated them from walking into the homeland God had promised for many years: But not just any river. This was the River Jordan, and the Israelites stared as turbulent waters raged past them.
Waters at flood stage overflowed the banks of the river, eating away at the shoreline, running in rivulets toward them. Joshua halted their tear and called on the faith of the children of Israel, fie said, "And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand as a heap" 3: The priests stepped out, and it was so.
The waters peeled back and rose up in a pile upstream, and nearly two million people, their livestock, and caravans crossed over the river on dry ground. Not muddy, soggy ground, but dry ground. From floods and mud to dry dirt and millions of footsteps walking into freedom. God does not take halfway measures-not then, not now.
After the crossing, the Lord said to Joshua, "Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from every tribe, and command them, saying, 'Take for yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the midst of the Jordan, from the place where the priests' feet stood firm. You shall carry them over with you and leave them in the lodging place where you lodge tonight'" 4: The stones set in place a rock-hard faith from rock-hard places. Each of the chosen priests hefted a huge stone and hauled it from the riverbed to the new camp in the new land. These stones would serve as a marker, a signpost among the people, so that "when your children ask in time to come, saying, 'What do these stones mean to you?
And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever" 4: Remembering God's might and faithfulness would see Israel through rough waters and tough crossings.
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Remembering becomes a tool that sees us through present pain and difficulties and propels us into new, faith-filled spaces, preparing us for the future. Rock-Hard Faith The stones from the Israelites' journey across the Jordan River served as a faith trigger for them, and for the generations that followed. The stones reminded them of God's power yesterday, last week, last year. Every time they saw the stones, they remembered God's faithfulness, God's strength, God's mighty love and strong hand of deliverance. The memorial reminded them, over and over, that their faithful God could and would deliver again and again.
We all have our Jordan Rivers, where the waters roil and our faith quakes and we are barricaded from passing through into victory. Peg and Bob's river extended to their whole family. Each time one of their daughters called and announced a new life stirring within her, they rejoiced and could scarcely wait to share the news with everyone they knew. When their youngest daughter, the last of their childless children, called to announce she was finally pregnant, they threw caution and good sense to the wind.
They rushed out even before the blue pregnancy-test strip was dry to purchase chenille blankets, fleecy pajamas, and cuddly toys. But in a matter of weeks, their joy turned to caution when their daughter called to say that she'd experienced spotting. The doctor suggested an early ultrasound.
Then a blood test. He assured them, however, that all seemed fine. Eager to believe, the entire family carefully counted the weeks for her first trimester to be completed-a time after which they would surely be into the safety zone.
But, two weeks before arriving at this milestone, an early morning call shattered the quiet and their hopes. Their daughter sobbed into the phone. We lost the baby. Something beautiful was gone forever. No well-meaning words by friends, who assured them that more children would come, could erase the pain of the loss of this child who was promised and so lovingly expected.
During that trying time, Peg's daughter and her husband experienced not only a barrenness of the womb, but also a barrenness of spirit. Their hope and joy faded, and months passed before they could begin to dream that maybe, just maybe, God would bless them with another child. Barrenness of spirit became a daunting floodplain in the lives of several family members.
These moments when the well of your soul is empty-these are the times when you need to remember God's power and the times in the past when He has sustained you. A Flooding Fear Early in our marriage, Tony traveled frequently, which meant I was home with young children. Fear riddled me in the night. I worried constantly about Tony's safety. Frequently I slept with the lights on. Finally I decided to turn my devotional life into a study of deliverance from my fear, using Psalm 34 steadily until I learned to trust the Lord completely in this area. I began to arm myself with Scriptures, memorizing and quoting repeatedly, "I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears- The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them" Psalm When my Jane children were young, I prayed Scripture over them at bedtime to combat nighttime fears.
Whether they were awakening with bad dreams or afraid to go to sleep, I would wrap them in my arms and recite God's words over them. As the children got older and were more resistant to such overt touch and faith, I simply laid my hand on them and claimed the words and the truth silently.
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Sometimes while they slept, I stood by their beds and covered them in Scripture prayers. Favorites include Philippians 2: Even now, we both still pray Scriptures over those we love. Sometimes we pray silently, sometimes when gently patting or touching, always trying to communicate peace and Christ's presence in places of anxiety or fear. Perhaps your flood stage comes through financial duress.
Possibly it is a broken or breaking marriage, an unfaithful spouse, a prodigal child, parenting your grandchildren. Or maybe you have never married and still scan the horizon for the man of your dreams, and meanwhile battle a broken heart over your singleness. Perhaps your current crisis involves job loss, or underemployment, or discrimination, or problems with your health, or infertility. Fear is natural in the floodplains of our lives. But fear is no match for God.
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