Joshua chose twelve men; he called them together, and told them: Go to the middle of the riverbed where the sacred chest is, and pick up a large rock. Carry it on your shoulder to our camp. There are twelve of you, so there will be one rock for each tribe. Someday your children will ask, “Why are these rocks here?” Then you can tell them how the water stopped flowing when the chest was being carried across the river. These rocks will always remind our people of what happened here today.
(Joshua 4:4-7 CEV)
The Israelites were forgetful people. Under the leadership of Moses, they were quick to forget what the Lord had done for them. Realizing this, their new leader, Joshua, had them set up stone monuments throughout their journey to the Promised Land to remind them and future generations of what had happened at a particular place. As a result, we don’t hear the Israelites grumbling and complaining as much under the leadership of Joshua. The stone monuments served as a great reminder of what God had done for them. Oftentimes, we also need a reminder, something that will remind us of what God has done for us. For me, partaking in the Eucharist is a great reminder of what Jesus did for me thousands of years ago when He died on the cross. It’s a time when I can truly reflect on His great sacrifice.
Set up reminders of what God has done for you.