Today, I want to kick off a new blog series, Stones that Tell the Stories. This is not a new idea for me. I actually started writing this collection of short stories several years ago for my kids. My intention was to have them printed and bound and offer them as a gift.
Well, THAT didn’t happen. Ugh. Can I confess? I’m that person who just can’t seem to get that birthday card in the mail on time or finish the “great” idea I have. Can any of you relate? Well, it is time to move on – change lanes – repurpose the idea. Basically, it’s time to get myself unstuck.
I was inspired to start this project years ago while reading Joshua, chapter 4. The Israelites were in an impossible situation, not unlike when they left Egypt. Impossible for man, though, is not impossible for God. He moved on their behalf and caused the waters of the Jordan to part so that they could cross on dry ground. Can you believe that? Dry. Ground.
Once across, God commanded Joshua to set up twelve stones as a memorial. They would serve as a reminder so that the stories of how God rescued them would be told from one generation to the next. He knew that our human tendency is to forget.
When we forget God, we create for ourselves our own gods. It may be in the form of a job, family, hobby, or almost anything else. Soon after, we start to put trust in those things we’ve created; the things we can touch and feel in the world around us.
This can be seen repeatedly throughout the Bible. Every time I read one of those examples, I pray, “God, please help me never forget.” As I see my children heading into the world on their own, I pray, “God, help them remember.”
So, these stories are my memorial . . . my “stones,” if you will (Jos 4:7). They are the telling of the stories from my life of how God has moved in mighty ways. May we never forget how awe-inspiring God is: how He takes an impossible situation and gives us a solution out of nowhere. Just like Joshua and the Israelites crossing the Jordan on dry ground, God comes to the rescue of those who cry out to Him . . . and sometimes, even to those who have not found him just yet.
The Importance of Stories
As you read this blog series, I hope you find inspiration to write your own stories. It is crucial for us to tell the next generation about God. Read Psalm 145:3-13 below.
Please note that when it says “they,” it is referring to the older of two generations. When it says “I,” it is referring to the younger of the two. I’ve color-coded it to make it a little clearer.
3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.
4 One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of Your mighty acts.
5 They will speak of the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and I will meditate on Your wonderful works.
6 They will tell of the power of Your awesome works, and I will proclaim Your great deeds.
7 They will celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and rich in love.
9 The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made.
10 All You have made will praise You, O Lord; Your saints will extol You.
11 They will tell of the glory of Your kingdom and speak of Your might,
12 So that all men may know of Your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of Your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures through all generations.
Do you see the cause and effect in this passage? What I mean is . . . can you see that when “they” do something, it causes “I” to do something? If you like, go ahead and reread it. I’ll wait here for you. I want you to get every tasty nugget out of it that you can. Yum, yum!
This passage clearly teaches that every generation is to tell of God’s mighty acts to the next generation. We are to pass down the stories, the miracles, the hardships, all of it . . . . SOOOOO THAT the next generation will understand what a mighty God we serve.
I’m going to leave you to ponder that for a while. I will post the first story in a couple days.
In the meantime, I hope you will consider how you can tell your stories to the generation behind you. Maybe for you, it’s through painting, photography, building something, or hmmmm, I don’t know. You’ll think of something. The important thing is to do it. I’m praying for you.