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Memorials

Have you ever noticed how often the Jews built memorials in the Old Testament? Cross a sea; build a memorial. Cross a river; build another memorial. Struggle with God; build a memorial. To paraphrase the old English expression, can you swing a dead sheep in Israel without hitting a memorial?

Why is that? Why the big emphasis on remembering?

Have you ever noticed how often God or an angel speaking for God tells people not to be afraid? See a burning bush; don’t be afraid. Leaving Egypt tonight after I kill all the firstborn sons; don’t be afraid. Jesus is risen; don’t be afraid. That’s a lot of not being afraid.

Why is that? Why aren’t we to fear?

Do these two concepts have anything in common? Yeah. They do.

God is faithful. He does what He says. Need to get away from your enemies? God will part a sea and let you walk through on dry land. Need to win a fight? God will stop the sun from moving so you can win a battle. Need salvation? God will kill Himself so you don’t have to die.

This is a little bitty glimpse of the proofs of God’s faithfulness and love for His children.

But we humans…we forget. We see the storm or the waves or the giant army and we forget that God is bigger.

So God tells us to build memorials. He encouraged the Jews to mark certain spots and tell their children and grandchildren what those memorials mean. Read through the psalms. Time and again King David refers to God’s faithfulness in the Exodus. Why? Because that was a doozy of a proof of God’s faithfulness, that’s why.

Fear has plagued me this last month. Fear of the future. Fear of the unknown. I forgot for a little while just how big my God is. In His faithfulness, He reminded me.

Blessed be the name of the LORD!

As you go forward, I encourage you to build your own memorials of God’s faithfulness. It may be a prayer journal, a poem, a bracelet or a tattoo. Tell people about it. Look at it and remember the good things God has done in the past. He will continue to provide for the future.

You don’t need to be afraid. God is faithful.

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:4 NIV

About Robynn Tolbert

Born in Kansas and born again at age six, Robynn has published two novels and started her third. Robynn, aka Ranunculus Turtle, lives in Kansas with a clowder of cats, a patient dog and a garden.

17 comments on “Memorials

  1. My Dearest Turtle,

    What wonderful true and wise words you speak. The Israelites were forever forgetting,as we all do. This is why the Lord refers to us as sheep.We tend to follow the shepherd If He gets a little ahead or blocked from our view, we lose sight of His promise. This is what Satan strives for. I believe this is why we have Churches. They are our monuments to God.

  2. I knew you would find your Center again. God has you so surrounded by love and protection and has since the day of your birth. He is always with you and always will be. Satan is the father of fear and I knew you would figure that out too. You are such a blessing and will continue to be blessed. Just remember to step out of the mud puddle and get a clean perspective my wonderful turtle. AND, you must be doing something right to have all the little things that happened last month hit at the same time. When we go through hard stuff I just figure we must be doing it right. Love you.

  3. Robynn, you had me in tears. I have been struggling with fear for the last month or so as well. Most fear of the unknown due to some family stuff. Anyway, this post is just what I needed to hear. God has used you to bless me today and I am ever grateful. You are a dah-ling–thank you. *hugs*

  4. You are a snapping turtle again. 😛 You are dear to me and I will kick anyone that tries to hurt you in the shins(I can’t kick higher) if you want me to. You are not alone in this journey…quest.

  5. “God is faithful. He does what He says.”

    I should be writing-sooo much to do-PRAISE GOD-but I needed to come by and read today’s post. It so happens that I’m listening to Who Am I by Casting.

    Coincidence? Of course not.

    God is faithful. He does what He says.

    “It may be a prayer journal, a poem, a bracelet or a tattoo.” INK? Really? It’s so refreshing to see Christians say things like this. Not only because I agree but because of the reason-to honor, to remember-GOD.

    • While I would never get a tattoo, one of my favorite King of the Hill episodes has straight-laced Hank meeting a Christian biker dad with the 10 Commandments tattooed on his back. Hey, if it helps that guy remember… 🙂

  6. Thanks Robynn. I needed to read this today. I’ve been having major issues with fear recently. It’s nothing specific, just a general anxiety that I can’t quite identify. I’ve definitely got to get me a memorial of some description.

    • Something cheesecake-shaped, perhaps? hehe!
      I think many believers are feeling that “general sense of anxiety” these days, wondering which way the world will go – to heaven or the other place. The other place seems very close lately. I look around and wonder constantly if the fig tree is sprouting (Matt 24).
      God is in control. He didn’t tell us about the end to frighten us, but to encourage us. He wins. That’s the most important thing to remember. He won a long time ago. The rest is about wrapping up loose ends and getting all the sheep in the fold.

  7. My Dearest Turtle,

    It may be his way of piquing others interest in the Lord. The Lord works in mysterious ways eh?

  8. […] year, I wrote about memorials and God’s faithfulness. This year, I’m making an […]

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