In Joshua chapter 3, we read about Israel preparing to cross the Jordan river. Joshua tells the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
As the priests bearing the ark of the Lord step into the Jordan, the waters are cut off so that the people can cross on dry ground. In chapter 4, the Lord tells Joshua that twelve men, one from each of the twelve tribes of Israel, should take twelve stones from out of the midst of the Jordan and make a memorial, “And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.”
When I hear that story, I often think, “They walked across the Jordan on dry land — HOW COULD THEY FORGET THAT!” It seems like such an awesome, amazing thing to see that they couldn’t possibly forget. Why would they need a memorial? And yet, we can all be so quick to forget things. God cared for the Israelites in amazing ways, and yet, they would forget. They would grumble.
In our family’s time of partner development, God has done some amazing things for us. He’s worked out the timing of trips, supplied financial gifts when they were most needed, and he has a plan for when we will depart for Papua New Guinea. Some days, it’s hard to wait on God’s timing, but on those days, we need to remember more than ever God’s provision for us, and his plan for our future ministry.