Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, “What do these stones mean to you?” Then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.

Joshua 4: 5-7


This was a very dramatic event; a mighty, raging river would stop flowing, just stop so that all of the people of Israel could cross it. An event like this is surly worthy of remembering, isn’t it? Yet, what is there in my life that is this important? It would be too easy to think that there is nothing so remarkable in my world; nothing really worthy of even a humble pile of boulders. But is that actually true?


I know that there are miracles in my life; they happen on a regular basis. There are wondrous and amazing things that God has done; there are the many more that he will do today and tomorrow. Why aren’t all of these deserving of at least a pile of pebbles? 


God doesn’t care whether we start to rework the landscaping in order to tell of his love, grace, mercy, and provision. He hasn’t given me instructions about the granite monument that he wants me to commission in order to recognize his greatness. However, God does want us to do exactly what he told Joshua to do. He does want us to remember, and he does want us to tell the story.


For it is in remembering that we are reminded to trust God, it is in recalling the Lord’s role in our lives that we are drawn close to our personal source of love and compassion. As we tell the story of the living miracle that God is doing in our lives, we are personally drawn even closer to Him, and we are called to demonstrate His love to those around us; we make it real to them. I think that the point here is that as we live our lives, they should tell the story of God in us; we should each be human memorial stones to our God.