When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man, and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’” Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe. And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever. – Joshua 4:1-7
One of the things that I love to do is look back at pictures and videos of my children when they were younger. I am like most moms out there – I think everything (well…almost everything) that my children do is adorable, so I try to capture it. My 16 month old will just smile and say, “Cheese,” when she sees me pull out my phone, but my 3 year old just sighs as if to say, “Not another picture, mom. Just let me play.”
I love looking back at those pictures to see how much they have learned and grown. In just a few months, Ellie has learned to walk and has learned several new words. Colton has grown at least a foot taller. Looking back causes me to really see the changes in them and appreciate the passing of time.
Here in the book of Joshua, the Lord had just done a great miracle for the Israelites by halting the waters of the Jordan River to allow the people to cross. He wanted them to remember always what He had done for them at the Jordan, so He had them take twelve rocks from the river and place them on the other side to create a memorial. They could look back at these stones and see how far they had come.
I think it is important for us to have a way to look back and see how the Lord has transformed us. For me, it is my Bible journaling entries. By looking back, I am able to see how God has answered prayers or used His word to speak to me. My children are constantly learning and growing. As Christians, we should do the same.
For this entry, I started out by adding paint splatters as a background using Neocolor II in salmon pink and black. I love this particular technique because it provides a nice texture for the background. To accomplish this, I scribbled some color down on my craft mat, mixed in a little water, and then careful flicked the paint onto the page with a brush. I used the stamps and alphas to create the title, “Stones of Remembrance.” The kit includes a sticker depicting a stack of stones, which alludes to the Joshua 4 passage. I wanted to incorporate this sticker at the bottom of the page.
How much I write and what I write about in the margin varies with each entry, but for this particular page, I simply chose to write out a couple of verses that I felt really captured the meaning of the story. I added some washi to the top and bottom of the page to add a little more color. Lastly, I put my date stamp on the page, so I can look back and see how God is changing me.