Since 2012 around this time of year (May / June), the Lord takes me on a new adventure. First, it was South America, then North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia (where I find myself again). Each year I anticipate where He’ll take me, and I also reflect on the previous year. I think about how much fun the journey has been and about the glorious things He has worked in my life in each season, for He has good plans for us all (Jeremiah 29:11). This is a time of remembrance for me – where I embrace the adventure He has me on now, and look back at His goodness and faithfulness that has led me the whole time.
One thing I’ve found in this time of remembrance is that I’m able to see the progress I’ve made over a time period. Maybe you’ve been contending for freedom and breakthrough in a certain area of your life. Maybe you’ve been working at this a while and believing God’s promise of healing and victory for you. You might not see your progress if you’re looking at where you were last week, but when you look back to a year ago you will probably find that you’ve made significant progress – that you’ve gotten breakthroughs along the way. You might find that you are much farther along than you realize. He has continually been working in your life and showing you His goodness and faithfulness. Remembrance will help you to see the victories He has led you in!
In Joshua 4, the people of Israel set up 12 memorial stones from the Jordan River. When the Lord led His people into the Promised Land, He performed a miracle by drying up the waters of the Jordan so the people could pass over. Joshua, as the Lord commanded, had the people “take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder … 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 … So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever” (Joshua 4:5-7).
These stones were to be a sign to the people and cause them to bring to mind the faithfulness of God. They were to remind them of the wonders God had done in their lives and cause them to recount these to their children. What “marker” can you set up like the Israelites to remember God’s mighty hand in your life and the victories He has led you to? How has God been faithful to you? You might be a bit surprised what you call to mind.
Psalm 78:4 says, “We will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and His might, and the wonders that He has done”.
Lamentations 3:21 – 23 says, “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to and end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
God is and has been leading you in faithfulness. He is doing and has done glorious things in your life. Take a moment to look back at the journey He’s had you on. See His hand constantly leading and guiding you. See where He’s been preparing you for where you are now. Recount the journey. Remember Him and remember His matchless love for you.
Written by: Jacqueline Bixler
Published on: 6/1/18