“So Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the sons of Israel, one man from each tribe; and Joshua said to them, “Cross again to the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan, and each of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel. “Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.” Joshua 4:4-7 [NASB]
Throughout the Word of God we are instructed to tell what He has done. Memorials and altars were built as reminders of His mighty works and deliverance, each time with the intent that they would prompt the telling of His provision and glory. The theme of God’s deliverance of His people is throughout His Word. The Old Testament is the deliverance of His people chosen and set apart for the ushering in of Messiah, and in the New Testament His offer of deliverance to the World through the precious blood of Messiah, Jesus Christ. Each time one is delivered they are instructed to “tell.” Testimonies of God’s provision and deliverance consistently give hope to all who hear.
“We will not conceal them from their children, But tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.” Psalm 78:4 [NASB]
In the midst of God’s deliverance we might be tempted to assume we will never forget what we have witnessed, but with time and tribulation memories can fade, and with the fading of those memories hope can fade as well. We need memorials. We need written records of the mighty works of God. We need to consistently tell the great works He has done, not just so the next generation and the generation after them will know, but also to remind ourselves and serve as an impetus to continually fix our focus on Him.
“Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually. Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done, His marvels and the judgments from His mouth” 1 Chronicles 16:11-12 [NASB]
God has been so faithful to provide for us in the valley of the shadow of death. He is faithfully and mightily redeeming that which the enemy intended for harm, the taking of Sarah’s physical life. Thanks to the generous donations of many we have a check for $90,000.00 to deliver to the International Mission Board to fund mission work that Sarah was so very excited about and willing to lay her life down for. We look forward to telling and recording the story of how He uses that money in the days ahead.
“But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.” Psalm 73:28 [NASB]
I long for the telling of our personal story of God’s provision and deliverance of our family in the valley of the shadow of death to bring hope to others. This written record of our journey is our lasting memorial to Him, not just for the generations to come, but for us as well. In the days ahead there will continue to be many dark stormy days when hope may seem elusive, but my prayer is this memorial will be a beacon in the night reminding us and others of the certain hope we have in Him.
“When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.” Psalm 63:6-8 [NASB]
We savor and cling to each and every account of God redemptively using Sarah’s life and death. To our family each testimony is like one of the stones Joshua commanded the leaders of the tribes to stack. Each testimony reminds not just us, but all others who hear it, of God’s faithfulness to provide and redeem all things for the good of His people. What a blessing it would be to build a memorial tower here of testimonies of how God is using our family’s dark valley for His glory. If you have been impacted through Sarah’s life and love of Christ will you consider sharing your testimony here to join us in the building of a lasting memorial?
“I shall remember the deeds of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will meditate on all Your work And muse on Your deeds. Your way, O God, is holy; What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples.” Psalm 77:11-14 [NASB]