“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 4:6-7 NIV)
I grew up hearing stories of the Alamo. What American hasn’t? So when my husband and I planned a family vacation to San Antonio, we made visiting the historic fort a priority.
My knowledge of the history was hazy. The battle was akin to Gideon’s 300 men fighting the Midianites, only in the Alamo’s case, the enemy won. Everyone inside the fort died in defense of Texas’s freedom from Mexico, including heroes like James Bowie and Davy Crockett.
The reality blew away my romantic illusions and made me cry. The building I recognized as the Alamo was impossibly small compared to my imagination. How nearly 200 men repulsed an invading army of 1,800 for thirteen days boggles the mind. Men of Mexican descent fought alongside blacks, Europeans, and Caucasian Americans from the other states. Their deaths inspired Texas’ victory at the Battle of San Jacinto, which at last secured Texas’ independence.
When I walked through the cool, small building, I felt like I was intruding on holy ground. Americans had died here, and I prayed I would live up to their sacrifice.
The Bible tells us to construct such memorials of our faith. When Israel crossed the Jordan to begin their conquest of the Promised Land, Joshua instructed them to build a memorial, one stone for each of the twelve tribes. They served as a visible reminder of God’s presence and protection to future generations.
What memorial can you create to remind your families of God’s work in your life?
“Memorial Stones” was suggested by Darlene Franklin’s current release, Barncastle Memorial. In addition to twenty-eight novels, she has written more than 200 devotionals and has had articles appear in twenty different books. Check out her daily devotional at http://mydailynibble.blogspot.com