Numerous times in the bible, God tells his people to build some sort of monument to remember when he did something great for them. Jesus Christ even instructed us to participate in the act of communion till he returns. I can’t say that I completely understand, but at the same time I think I understand this on a very basic level.
My time in Japan was incredible and I have many stories that would almost sound like fiction if I hadn’t seen them. Now that I have been back in the “real world,” those stories are almost lost in the everyday shuffle of things. It is as if I dreamed it all, but I have a written record. I record all the important things that happened in a journal and I can read about it. It is part of my testimony.
Now the entire idea of a testimony is vital to the Christian experience. It is something everyone has and it shows where God reached into our lives and changed our lives over and over again. Testimonies real and tangible proof of God’s work in our lives. When doubt comes in quietly, our testimonies help us focus back in on God’s goodness, which is apparent in our lives. Revelation 12:11 says, “and they conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” Our testimonies have immense power, because they are living proof of God’s goodness, power, and faithfulness. We create monuments to remember these things God has done, so we can remind ourselves and share with future generations.
When I use the term monuments I am not talking about statues or feats of architecture. Though these are monuments, I mean creating something as a reminder of God’s faithfulness. I have seen many different versions of this. I know people who get a tattoo to remember, or wear a ring, or use some other item. I tend to write everything down, not like a journal, more like a blog (ironically.) I write down important things I see God do, and compile it all together into a reminder of his faithfulness, and then I go back to it to remember. I do however like the idea of getting something tangible for when God does something really big in my life or fulfills a promise he has made, so there is a constant reminder. After the Israelites crossed the Jordan, God told them to all take a rock from the middle of the river and pile them up, so when future generations asked about it, they could tell of God separating the waters so they could cross.
I mentioned communion earlier in the post. I believe that this is one of if not our greatest reminder we have. The act of communion is part of a traditional Jewish ceremony that was used when a couple became engaged. This is the taking of the bread and cup that many of us have done since we have been in church. After the ceremony, the groom would leave to prepare a place for his bride and himself before returning to get her. When he returned, the wedding celebration would happen for days or weeks. He would then take his wife to their new home. Doesn’t this sound like what Christ did? He promised to come back. I believe he really will because I have read the word, and because God has been faithful throughout my life. I have been following God for the last 15 years of my life, and I can say without a doubt that he is real and he is good. God isn’t just my God, he is my best friend. I know his voice. I know some of his heart. I automatically tune in to his voice when he is saying something really important to me, because I have spent time learning his voice and getting to know him. This is mostly his doing, but I have also chosen to follow him in this. A relationship is always two ways. I do not know what the future holds. I cannot tell you what will happen, but I will be more than content if I just get to know him better. I would trade my days for a couple more drops of him. I envy Enoch, who walked with God and was no more, for God took him. I long for the day, that never ends so I may spend the time with my friend and no more cares to distract me.
I think I got a bit off topic, but I think it worked out fine.