It was great to spend the day, not only having fun, but just spending time together making memories. As I drove to work this morning, I was still thinking about our trip – and then God turned the light on…
We see all throughout the Bible, primarily in the Old Testament, when God would do awesome things with, and for, the Israelites. At times when God would deliver them from an enemy, or lead them to a certain location, or speak to them regarding a very specific issue or give instruction, there would be the building of an altar. This altar was a place of remembrance. Regardless of how God’s people perceived this event, or how they wanted to remember the special occasion, it often involved the building of an altar or monument.
Joshua 4:1-7 // 1 When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua,2 “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, 3 and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.” 4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe,5 and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites,6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”
God does this throughout our lives as we walk with Him. There are many times in my life when there were special moments with God. Times when I was being placed on the altar to die to myself, that I may live for Him; or times when He was reminding me of the call He placed on my life; or even times when there were great victories over the sin that was chasing me down. I have written these events down in my journal. I can take you to places where I sat while He dealt with me, altars that I ran to, and can tell you verbatim things He spoke to me.
Gen 32:24-32 // 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. 28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.” 29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.” But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there. 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.” 31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon.
These are the road trips that God takes with us. Making memories – establishing times between the Father and His children – reminding us of how much He loves us; and giving us points of reference in our lives that will prove His faithfulness in that fact that will never leave us nor forsake us! Also, being a good Father that will correct, discipline, and even rebuke us – for He loves us too much to let us stay where we are.
He is a good Father!
Loving the road trips, because… He’s been everywhere, man…
(Coming soon: Pictures from the trip!)