by Brad Moreman
What does it take to help you remember? Personally, I’ve been known to write a reminder on my hand with a pen, keep a Post-It in my wallet, use a phone app, or record an audio “Note to Self.” These are all temporary reminders, because I inevitably wash my hands, throw away the list, or forget I even made a record. Losing a note isn’t a concern if it’s just to pick up the dry-cleaning, but for matters of spiritual importance, I need a better, permanent reminder.
A few years ago, soon after we joined First Baptist, I learned about “memorial rocks.” It was in Sunday school that Gina and I first heard mention of this concept. Throughout the Bible, rocks are utilized to act as great memorials to the things God has done in our lives. This idea became much more poignant the day Gina called me to say that our oldest daughter, Addie, needed to go to the emergency room. After having an adverse reaction to a procedure performed earlier that morning, we spent the day under medical observation to confirm she would be OK. Seeing our babies hurt has always brought us pleading to the foot of the Cross, and this time was no exception. God showed His faithfulness to heal and protect that day.
It wasn’t too long afterward that a small boulder showed up in my yard with a note in the mailbox. A wonderful friend had selected and delivered the rock to be a constant reminder of God’s deliverance that day. I’ve since added two more rocks to form a small memorial on our front lawn – one for each of our children. Each day, I see them and remember a specific time when God literally saved their lives. I weed around them, reposition them, and teach my children about each one so that they will know the story of God’s Hand over them (because they will never actually remember the events that inspired the stones). I imagine that you can think of a time when God displayed His power in your life. This would be an event worth documenting. A moment to mark by placing a stone of remembrance as a monument to tell the stories that have shaped your life and the lives of your loved ones, and that most powerfully displayed God’s faithfulness. A rock can be a powerful witness.
21 He [Joshua] said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ 23 For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. 24 He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.”
Joshua 4:21-24 (NIV)