This evening as we went for our typical Sunday walk and ride, I heard a voice. “Mom, I need to go potty!” We were not even to our half way point and being great with child there was NO way I was turning around. I said to the erring one, “Didn’t I tell you to go before we left and you said you did? Did you or didn’t you?” To which we unearthed the truth; no potty episode had occurred. I was pretty upset. With Daddy’s assistance, we continued our walk. Out of the clear blue, the erring one got off the bicycle. “Daddy, can we stop right here and ask God to help me not tell lies?” Right then and there we stopped walking and the clover and weeds became a holy spot as Daddy and little one prayed asking for the Father’s help. It truly was a precious sight-the innocence of the child and the protection of Daddy.
Monuments are of great importance in our lives so that we remember what has happened in our lives. Repeatedly the Bible calls us to remember. Remember what we were called out from. Remember God’s Word. Remember what we are looking forward to. Memorials, monuments and altars can be small but take the time for them. I’m not sure what would have happened if we would have told the child that since we were on a walk we wouldn’t take the time. How does one create memorials or monuments? Some very practical ideas is scrapbooking pictures of answered prayer or of significant moments in one’s life, a shelf with mementoes that signify a certain time of life, jotting small things down on the calendar, jot down hopes and dreams, photographs, thankful journals, etc. Children especially connect with visual reminders and stories of God at work in their lives or the lives of people they know. Find what works for you. It will amaze you when you look back at where you were to where you are now.
Do you have monuments that remind you of God’s power and presence in your life? If so, I’d LOVE to hear from you!