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Apr
06

12 Stones and God

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Itcelebrate is the one-year anniversary of my site wordsbytara.com and I wanted to share some of what this past year has been like for me. I came up against many challenges not only as a writer but also personally. If I am honest some them were due to my own internal conflicts, but every experience was an opportunity for me to learn more about God and about myself. As I was thinking about what to write for this article, the story of the 12 stones in Joshua chapter 4 came to mind.

After having spent 40 years in the desert, the Israelites were finally ready to cross over into the Promise Land. To know the Israelites is to know they were a group who complained, grumbled and did not always trust in God and his promises. But now things were different. They were taking possession of the land God had said belonged to them many years earlier.

I have at times felt like an Israelite wandering in my own desert; the desert of thinking I did not know God’s purpose for my life. It’s a hard place to be. On one hand you know God has a purpose for you. On the other hand, you feel clueless about what it could be due to your doubts, fears, lack of faith and the expectations of others getting in the way. (At least, that was the case for me.)

Once I not only discovered but acknowledged what had already been inside of me, I began to cross my own “Jordan River”. Like the Israelites, I was moving into new land and along the way, there were challenges and obstacles that at times felt impassable.

But God made the necessary provisions.

The Israelites were crossing during the harvest season when water levels were high and the conditions appeared impossible. God instructed Joshua to send the priests with the Ark of the Covenant into the river. As they went in, the waters receded on both sides allowing for the Israelites to cross over into the place God had promised to them. After everyone had made it to the new land, God had one more thing he wanted done. One member from each of the 12 tribes had to pick up a stone from the river. The stones were to serve as tangible reminders, for future generations, of God’s faithfulness.

As I have spent time reflecting on the past year I can see God’s faithfulness at work. I can see how he was always there filling me with ideas for articles to write, emails to send to people I needed to reach out to and his word coming to mind when doubt and fear wanted to take over. He has provided even when things seemed impossible. God has been parting waters for me, every step of the way. I am sure he has parted some waters for you as well.

Recently I went out into my yard and picked 12 stones, one to mark each month of the past year and placed them in an old wooden box. As I look forward to year two of my business, these stones will be my reminders as I cross new waters going wherever he wants me to go.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tara C. Pray is the owner of wordsbytara.com, a site that provides ideas, information and inspiration for your life and your God-inspired dreams. She is also the author of a new ebook,” Dream Makers 101: Gain Clarity and Take Action On Your Dreams.

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