We are a forgetful people. You can read story after story in the Bible and see the trend...God does something amazing and maybe even miraculous, then God's people forget and do not believe Him to be trustworthy. But when I reflect on my own life and the times God has shown Himself faithful to me, I forget, too. As long as I'm here on earth, the battle to remember remains.
We must be intentional in our remembering. The other week on the kids' S'more cards, after reading Joshua 4:19-24 one of the questions was: “Think about a time that God has been faithful to bring each of you through a difficult or uncertain circumstance.” "What can you do to remember God's faithfulness?" Which brings me to this idea that has helped our family.
A few years ago a friend forwarded an article from a Christian magazine with the idea to make a shadow box with different mementos that represent times you've seen God demonstrate his faithfulness to you as a family. Her Faithfulness Box is really fun, and I love hearing the stories surrounding each symbol. We started with this, too, but I found it difficult and time consuming to find little things to represent each time.
So we instead use thankfulness rocks now, or "Ebenezer stones". Our stones are not fancy; they're from a bag of river rocks. We simply write a word on the rock with a Sharpie, and that word represents a time we've seen God's faithfulness displayed. I've tried to place our Ebenezer stones in a prominent place in our home, with the hope we can share God's stories with inquisitive guests.
We go through the rocks as a family every Thanksgiving. Some years we do it right before or right after. It's one of my favorite things we do. I just love adding a new rock.
What things have you done to help remember times God has been faithful to you?
Sara Fowler – Camp Grace Big Group Coach