I had to smile this week when I saw the title of one of my devotions, "Don't Forget." I thought, "That's easier said than done." The scripture for the passage was Numbers 9:1-23, where God gives instruction on how to celebrate Passover to remember all God orchestrated to bring the children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt and into the Promised Land. This act of celebrating Passover served to "jog" their memory...help them to remember not to forget.
"As humans, we are forgetful people, and as forgetful people we need tangible reminders- symbols- of who God is and what He's done." (Eugene Peterson, The Message//Remix: Solo An Uncommon Devotional) Yes, I resemble that remark. The devotion goes on to suggest you create symbol to remind you of God's faithfulness.
I got to thinking, I already employ that method. I haven't really "made" symbols, but have picked them up or received them as gifts. Not only do I use these symbols to remind me of God's faithfulness, but to remember specific prayer requests. Here are some of my "symbols" and their meanings:
- Hope Trinity Cross necklace (3 parts that form 1 cross)-the certainty of God's promises
- Star of David with a cross in the center-God's covenants and the fulness of the New Covenant completed in Christ
- Silver Survivor Ribbon- God's faithfulness as I survived breast cancer and will survive leukemia
- Puzzle piece (from camp)- I am a piece of God's grand design; I have a purpose.
- Rock from the shore of the Baltic Sea- Pray for Estonia: Camp Gideon and The Lighthouse
- A rock from Mable Ha Creek, Belize- Pray for the pastors, churches, Sunday schools and people of Belize
- A piece of barbed wire- Pray for my brothers and sisters of the suffering church
What are some of the symbols you use to remind you of God's faithfulness and provision?