I made a rock pile this past weekend.
Because God performed a miracle in me.
- It wasn’t a miracle visible to the eye.
- Maybe others didn’t even realize it happened.
- There was no bolt of lightning or crack of thunder.
But God blessed me nonetheless!
In His graciousness, He revealed some things to me that I wasn’t fully aware of before. This revelation unlocked a greater understanding of why I do what I do… and why I am who I am.
I was validated.
He affirmed me.
God healed some past hurts.
My Creator opened my eyes to the truth.
So, I built a rock pile as a memorial.
While this isn’t a common practice now, in Biblical times it carried great meaning.
When others would walk past a pile of rocks…
They would know that a miracle had been performed – right there.
They would have tangible proof that God healed or restored or provided.
It would build the faith of those praying for God’s hand in their situation.
You see this play out in the story of Joshua and the Israelites crossing the Jordan River.
This river stood between them and their promised land. They had no option but to cross it. The problem, however, was that the river was at flood stage… a very dangerous time to navigate those waters.
They needed a miracle.
As they took that step of faith and obeyed God’s instructions, they got their miracle.
God stopped the furious flow of the waters… and dried the river bed… in an instant. The Israelites crossed over without even getting their shoes muddy!
Once they made it safely to the other side, they built a memorial using 12 stones from the river bed.
- It didn’t take on any certain shape or form.
- The rocks didn’t need to fit nicely together.
- They didn’t have to be the same size or shape.
But it would serve as a powerful sign to all who would pass by that God performed a mighty miracle there.
What an encouragement those dirt-covered rocks would be to others!
People would be reminded that God shows up.
They would be strengthened in the waiting.
They’d be expectant for the extraordinary.
This rock pile would offer hope.
And for me, just knowing that He can and does encourages me to keep pressing in.
Oh how I’d love to see your rock piles, because I know you have them!
I have several…
- I have a rock pile at the hospital where God erased my cancer.
- There is one in my home where God healed my marriage.
- I have several piles on different stages at churches in 4 states where God spoke through me to women.
- There’s one in my son’s room because God healed his broken heart.
We need to boldly build those memorials so others can see them.
Because when life gets unbearable and challenging, we need to remember that God still performs miracles.
Sisters… your testimony has power.
- Your strength encourages us to push forward.
- Your story gives us hope for restoration.
- Your faith reminds us we serve a big God.
- Your steadfastness helps put things in perspective.
- Your persistence shows us the power of prayer.
Take the time to make a lasting memory of the things God has done. Not only do others need to be reminded of God’s goodness, but at some point…
… you’ll need the reminder, too.
REALITY CHECK: When we remember what God has done in the past, it helps us trust Him in our present.
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