“Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight… These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” – Joshua 4:2-8
A landmark is defined as a place that is of outstanding historical, aesthetic, or cultural importance, or an object that serves as a guide for people trying to find a place.
In my ministry life, I have seen God do amazing things and bring me repeatedly to a new place of relationship with Him. One thing I have tried to do and encouraged others to do is to build a landmark, a memorial to identify a geographical place which you connect with what God did during that season.
The Israelites did this, at God’s direction, to remind themselves what He had brought them through, out of slavery and through the waters to save them from their enemies.
A few of mine:
– the pier on the Bohicket River outside Charleston, SC where I met with God while at Boy Scout summer camp as a teen. My “walk” with God became more real than ever before as I converted my teen angst into seeking Him for direction for my life.
– the hospital parking lot where I found out about Hodgkin’s for the first time. I have written more about that here.
– Chapel Hill is a collective landmark of memories from my college days, meeting Adena, making new friends, and connecting to the ministry that I am still connected with today.
What about you? Can you identify any landmarks in your journey? Visit them periodically. Take pictures of them. Journal about them.
Designating these places as significant in your life will esteem what God has done and help keep you on the path He has for you.