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[Joshua] said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’”
- Joshua 4:21-22 (NIV)
When I finished reading aloud a devotion to a friend, she reached into her coat pocket and pulled out a small, smooth, pink stone. She told me that she always carries it with her as a reminder to pause for reflection during the day — to give thanks to God for all the blessings she has received, to look past the mundane tasks and see afresh the beauty in a moment, or to quiet her heart and catch a glimpse of God nearby. Whenever my friend grasps her small stone, it prompts her to stop and remember.
In today’s reading, the Israelites gathered 12 stones for the same purpose — to remember. These 12 stones were significant because the Israelites collected them from the dry riverbed as they crossed the Jordan. Each stone represented a tribe of Israel, symbolizing the Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt. Whenever the Israelites looked at the stones, they would remember how God had intervened in a mighty way.
God also encourages us to remember. When we consider God’s goodness and love in the past, we find courage to trust God for the days ahead.
Daily devotionals from The Upper Room