I like coffee. I like coffee mugs. I like buying a coffee mug from places I visit. Although it drives my wife nuts, the mugs serve as a continual reminder of a certain place or event I have experienced. As we journey with the Israelites in the Old Testament book of Joshua, we experience with them the significant places and events of their taking the Promised Land. God did a miraculous work by causing the Jordan River to congeal so that the Israelites could cross over on dry ground in entering the land. Once they were across to the other side, God instructed them to take twelve stones, one for each tribe, and pile them up together.
The purpose of the heap of twelve stones is made clear in the text and had a twofold purpose: to educate future generations in the reality that God kept his promise to bring them into a land of abundance; and, to educate those outside Israel that God is mighty.
Oftentimes children do not know about how God has worked in the past through their parents. Mom and Dad may not have been intentional about communicating how God’s grace has influenced them. But having tangible reminders of God’s past actions not only serves to help us remember, but enables children to know what God has done in their family. Just as people ask me about why I have certain coffee mugs, so having reminders of God’s grace in prominent visible places serves to aid kids to ask why those reminders are there.
If we do not have such reminders around our house or places of work, it would good for us to think through how to begin having remembrances of grace so that others may know that God is mighty and that he keeps his promises.
Lord God, I want to experience your miraculous work in my life. And I want my children, my friends, and my co-workers to know the grace of God in Christ through what you have done. May my life serve as a great testimony of your mighty work. Amen.