As I sit and stare out my office window and reflect on the last few weeks, I began to praise the Lord for His grace, mercy, compassion, love, protection, provision, presence, closeness, companionship, patience, gentleness, my every breath, freshness, and so much more. Just thinking of His ‘Allness’, my heart feels full. You know the feeling.
At times, when I reflect on God’s goodness, I fear of forgetting these times of such closeness and stillness. I want to remember them so I can pass the memories and these experiences of God’s ‘Allness’ along to my granddaughters. I desire to share and testify of this swelling of God’s existence and His character to many. God is so faithful in every way.
The Lord has impressed upon me to remember one of His great miracles. The supernatural damming and drying of the Jordan River. This was so the multitude could crossover into Canaan. God spoke to Joshua and told him to instruct the twelve tribes of Israel to erect a 12-stone memorial to celebrate the crossing of the Israelites over the dry-river Jordan. This memorial would serve as an applicable method of teaching their young of God’s ‘Allness’ and it would definitely prove that God was with Joshua and His people. Joshua 4:6-7 reads, 6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? 7 Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel forever. KJV
God commanded them when they cross the Jordan to remember to fear Him and to keep His Laws and statutes and to teach them to their offspring from generation to generation. 4 ““Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates”, Deuteronomy 6:6-9
How will you remember this time? What will be your memorial and teaching tool to help reflect on these days and how the Lord is helping you to cross over your ‘River-Jordan’? Journaling is an inexpensive practical way to help with recall. There are hard copies, and electronic ways to journal concerning how the Lord is meeting and has met your every need. It is also worth journaling about how He is swelling up into this giant of ‘Allness’ in our lives so monumentally, especially during these weeks of stillness. I encourage you to use this time to catalog how God has shown to be your true ‘Daily bread’.
You don’t have to journal every day. It can even be once a week. Pray about your routine. Make an appointment in your phone calendar with a reminder to journal often. Journaling can serve as a memorial for teaching future generations about God’s character and how He is our sustenance for life. It also can become a catalyst to praise and worship. It is very therapeutic in many ways. Please enjoy reflecting on God’s goodness during this journey!
Happy Resurrection Day,
The journey flows…