Some days it is just hard.
Those are days when you look back and remember the times it wasn’t hard.
Times you journalled about.
Times you highlighted a bible verse that encouraged you.
Times you marked down to hold on to when it gets tough.
Times when you put faith into action.
Times you exercise hope.
Times you look up even though your neck aches.
Moses told the people to set up stones and write the law on them to help them remember. Joshua set up stones to mark where God parted the Jordan for them to cross.
21 He 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.’
We all need ‘stones’, the evidence of places where God has been good and so we write them down, we make memories so that we have help in the dry times, the painful times, the tough times. Jesus told us to do things in memory of Him – the Lord’s Supper because He knew we’d need help, need focus. It meant that the disciples recognised Him on the road to Emmaus when they broke bread together.
I have journals full of stones. And I look back at them when I need reminding, need strengthening, need encouraging. Not every day because most days I am adding to them. But then the hard days come and I need to look around me and say. “Yes it feels like nothing is going to go right but see here – God was good, God is good, He will always be good. Remember when He answered this prayer, said these words, sent this person? Remember when He used you to speak to this person, to love this one, to help that one? Remember this verse?
Or the hundreds of others where God promises, or corrects or encourages?
This blog is another stone for my life. Make sure you set some today too.
Maybe we’ll need them tomorrow.