Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Remember the Stones

           A flowing stream is refreshing; the current moves passed the rocks and onto new places as it washes the land and quenches the thirst of the life in and around it. Left behind are often remnants of what were once huge boulders. These large, smooth, moss covered rocks are merely a reminder of the giants of earth that stood in the way of the growth now flourishing around them. It could seem astonishing that water transformed such a beast into a stepping stone, but for the power of the force behind it. As "a work in progress" we must all keep moving forward, but there are times to remember the stones in our life, not for what they were, but for what the washing of His Word did to them.

"that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word." (Eph. 5:26 NKJV)

            Lately, on purpose, I have been remembering the stones in my life and the erosion of them over the years. There are those stones that have been completely washed away. These stones are memories that I have that at one point were walls in front of me as I began walking with the Lord, but now are eradicated. Addictions and hurtful relationship stones are now merely blurred memories. Once I took the Word of God seriously He was able to power wash these boulders out of my path almost instantly.

            There are other stones, like those fruity pebbles that try to get in the way of my spiritual maturity. Daily I must wash these unruly rocks away as they try to surface in my communication with others. Quoting Scripture and carrying my Bible with me to gaze on His Word throughout the day helps me turn on the supply of flowing water that keeps these rocks at bay.

            But above all the rocks of the passed there are those that stand out to be remembered. These stones have not been rolled away but rather have been weathered overtime by the consistent flow of power of the Word of God.

The faith stones 

            These stones are amazing to look at because they are still large, yet they are covered with life and even have cracks in them where trees have grown up. Stones so big that years ago you could not see around them, yet now through them stand strong trees which have produced fruit to share with others who may travel down a path nearby.

            Faith stones are worth the reflection time, because they remind us of the power of the washing of God's Word in our lives. Tangible reminders help us to remember the stones so that our faith is refreshed from a time when His Word faithfully delivered us as we overcame these obstacles.

            It is true that the flood of miracles God used to lift His people above the huge stones of life in Egypt are memories worth reflecting on, yet the Israelites did not remember to meditate on their deliverance. And even over time they became ungrateful and complacent in spite of what God was doing for them daily. Stories of the parting of the Red Sea seemed too much for them to remember, so when God took them across the Jordon River He gave them a plan to help them in their real life game of Sequence.
..."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."
"that this may be a sign among you 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,"
(Joshua 4:3,6,7)

            God instructed them to be purposeful about remembering these stones. Joshua later told God's people that when their children asked about these stones to not only tell them about how God delivered them through the Jordon River, but to then recount the victories at the Red Sea as well. (verse 22-23).
            These faith stones would jog their memories of other faith building moments in their lives. I have discovered that when you thankfully remember those specific times when God supernaturally wore down a big stone for you it helps you to recall all the little rocks His Word sprayed out from under your feet so that you could have sure footing to get to that next step. Of course God does not put stones in our way only to wash them down, (James 1:13), we know that God does not like His people to be stoned, just ask Paul. But when we invite Him into our journey, study His directions, listen to His voice, declare His promises, and BELIEVE Him at His Word, the stones, big or small, will be watered down and our path will grow brighter and brighter, (Prov. 4:18 NKJV).  Of course we may never ask a group of priests to carry large slabs of granite out of a river bed for us, but there are things that we can do that can help us keep the stones that we should be remembering, before our eyes.

            As "a work in progress" I have learned to prioritize the remembering of certain stones that the Word of God has washed, which has helped to renew my path to victory. I keep a log of blessings, have a few mementos, and have tagged special places with notes of reference in bibles, all to help me more easily access those memory moments of how His Word washed over a stone, big or small, in my path. By disciplining myself over the years to remember the stones, only by the grace of God, I am able to face current stones with confidence in the washing power of His Word.

            Once we have seen one stone worn down only our lack of faith could convince us that others can not be overcome by the strength of His Word. Remembering the stones helps us release the faith, which opens the flood gates to wash any rock that our feet may need to tread passed so that we keep progressing forward.

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