Daily Reflections

A Physical Reminder

August 25, 2022 Kelly Needham

“This is so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord’s hand is strong.” —Joshua 4:24

The times when Joshua and Samuel set up rocks as a memorial are examples of when God was tangible to them (Josh. 4; 1 Sam. 7). In each instance, an otherwise unimportant object was chosen as a reminder of God’s faithfulness.

Currently, I have four rocks in my closet. Each represents God’s faithfulness in a different season. When I look at them, I remember how God showed up.

When my prayers feel like they’re hitting the ceiling, I can pick up a rock to remember how God answered me. When it’s hard to trust God because my life is falling apart, I’m reminded of how He’s protected me.

When I can’t see or feel God, it helps to see and feel an object that represents His nearness in my past. When I’m wracked with doubt and hopelessness, holding a stone from a season of faith and joy helps me fight for faith in the God who is near in both seasons. Those stones make God tangible to me.

Make it Personal

What are some ways you can commemorate times of God’s faithfulness to you with a physical reminder?