While we were out for a hike today, we came across several of these signpost markers along the trail. It made me ponder the Spiritual Markers in my life. We see this example in Scripture:
“And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever.”” Joshua 4:21-24 ESV
So why did Joshua call for these 12 stones to be set up? As a memorial, a spiritual marker of what the LORD had done in their lives. They would serve as a marker for future generations to learn from; but also a marker that the people of Israel could keep in their minds as they faced the days ahead. A reminder of where they had come from; and what the LORD had seen them through.
When we were on the trail today, these signposts served as markers indicating which direction we were to travel. On the return trip, they also marked the way from which we had come. They served to remind us which paths we had traveled down on our journey.
The spiritual markers in our lives serve the same purpose. They are the significant moments, turning points, and decisions in our lives where we have seen God’s hand at work. They remind us of those times in our lives where we have seen answered prayers. They help us to look back, see God’s faithfulness, and trust in Him for the future.
Are you placing spiritual markers in your life? Do you record the significant “God Moments” in some way so that you can look back and recall His work in your life? Do you let other people in your life: your children, parents, friends…know what the LORD has done in your life?
Start laying down some spiritual markers today, and thank the LORD for His mighty hand at work in your life.
“I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1 ESV