I make mistakes, do you?
I make them when I am not in a state of upheaval. The physical conditions I've been dealing with, my mother being in a really bad way, and the unrest I sense in our country, as well as, the laying to rest of Senator McCain have all set me in the mood to remember better days. But they lend me to making mistakes...
The unrest in our country, and the sadness I am experiencing of the arguing between well... so many people, reminds me of the Israelites in the years of wandering in the desert. So much so, that I threw this Labor day into another celebration completely. I mixed it up with Memorial Day.
I lived in a foreign country so long that celebrated neither, I pretty much spread both out for the meaning of our country. We celebrate our hard work and we celebrate those that allow us to work in freedom. So, since 2006 I have thrown them both together.
They are both important and they are the essence of our country. Our country remembers and parades and celebrates US.
I might have mixed up the dates, but I refuse to turn tail and run from my mistake. I thought about deleting all of this when I realized what I had done, But instead, what Is written here does not change. We remember. We count our days. And we laugh at our mistakes.
Here is some of what I wrote. I removed the really embarrassing mistakes. --- just sayin"
I live in the United States of America. I am a proud American.
I tear up when our flag stands at half-mast (a symbol that a notable citizen has died). I choke back tears when I stand and sing our American Anthem. And when I watch a memorial service like the one I saw on Saturday September 1, 2018 on TV for Senator McCain, I bawl.
I love my country.
But I didn't really understand why remembering well was important until I studied the Israelites journey into the promised land, I found that God has encouraged us to remember well. Of course, remembering all He has done is the most important and vital reason to remember.
But I am thankful that He encourages us to remember in the word and through the 'Joshuas' in our lives.
I find that Joshua shows three ways to remember well.
We as believers are called to count our days and make them count for something bigger than ourselves. We are called to mark time and events.
Let's take a quick look at the importance God brings to remembering.
1. Be Strong and Courageous
In Joshua 1:1 we find out:
After forty years in the wilderness, the Israelites got the privilege of seeing the power of God that their ancestors had experienced.
After Moses died God spoke to Joshua to ... lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land He was giving them.
You might remember the oft quoted "Be strong and courageous..." encouraging word found in the book of Joshua. God gives directions to Joshua about leading the people. (Being willing to 'be strong and courageous,' stepping out to do something that is beyond our ability is necessary when we fight evil.)
It takes strength and courage to have faith.
2. Pray and Move Out
In Joshua 3 we find the Israelite officers giving the instructions to the people: "When you see the Levitical priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD your God, move out from your positions and follow them..."
"Purify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do great wonders among you."
So, we must also move out.
The priests were carrying the Ark of the Covenant and as soon as their feet touched the water at the river's edge, the water above that point began backing up... And the water below that point flowed on to the Dead Sea until the riverbed was dry. Then all the people crossed over on dry land.
Finally, in the fourth chapter the LORD told Joshua to send twelve men back to pick up twelve stones from the very place where the priests were standing in the middle of the Jordan. He charged them to pick the large stones up and carry them up to the place where they would camp that night.
3. Lay Down Stones of Remembrance to Remember Moments of Strength and Courage
To Remember What God Has Done
The stones were meant to bring back and lay down as a memorial among the people of Israel forever. A memorial of the day when God did a marvelous wonder and brought them across the Jordan River on dry land.
These Stones of Remembrance were set down in ancient history for the children, and the children's children to be able to remember the wonder of God the Almighty. His power showed strong.
Joshua 1-4 NLT referenced
I'm still laughing... at my mistake. My mistake makes neither day less important. They are both a symbol of our country. Labor and Sacrificial Love.
Does anyone else make mistakes?
If you do, join me at the bottom of this page and comment. Let's all be gentle with each other.
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