Place Your Stone
Each of you 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 forever.
Joshua 4: 5-7
When I went to Brazil this past summer the Lord put on my heart to bring back something special to remember my time there. To make a long story short while there I picked up rocks for myself and all the girls in my family. On the way back from Brazil the Holy Spirit reminded me of the story of Jacob when he set out to Harran (Genesis 28:10). When he got to a certain place he stopped for the night. Now the crazy thing to me when I first read this is that he took a stone and used it for a pillow that night (man that must have been uncomfortable), but from that rest came a wonderful dream. Jacob dreamed about a stairwell to haven and he could see the angels of God ascending and descending on these stairs. Jacob then saw the Lord standing above the stairs and He spoke a word over Jacobs life and future ( read full story Genesis 28: 13-15). The next morning Jacob took the stone he had used for a pillow and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it.
These are just two examples in the Bible that show the use of a stone to remember what the Lord had done in that moment. The stone was used to always be a reminder and reason to tell others what the Lord had done. As we get ready to walk into the New Year I would challenge us all to sit and think about all that God has done for us and place our stone (or anything physical that you can see and touch) to remind you of 2018.
We are not placing our stones for ourselves, we are placing our stones for the generations to come. We don’t want to be like the generation after Joshua (the example I gave in the beginning) because they did not know what God had done for the generation before them because that generation stopped telling the story (Judges 2:10). So get out your journal, notes app on your iPhone or your computer and write it down so you’ll never forget. Then take it one step further and tell someone else all that God has done so that it can never be forgotten. All of this is done so that our generation and the generations to come will know the Lord and all that He has done.
God has given us many dreams this year for thecompleteher and we are excited to go full speed ahead knowing that our generation and generations to come need to know the Lord and all that He has done. We have set up our stone for this year and we pray that you all will do the same. Here’s to 2018!! A year full of lessons and moments that will always be priceless.