Some years ago my husband and I were blessed to be able to travel to the beautiful Hawaii Islands. It was an amazing trip, and one of the most beautiful places I had ever visited in my life. The people were so amazing!
One thing in particular that stood out to me was the statue of a king called Kamehameha. When we arrived to the island, I saw a lot of things posted around the island about him. Plaques, murals, and paintings. I had never thought to stop and read the info listed on these items, I wanted to get to the beauty of this place!
One day however, a friend of ours volunteered to take us on a tour of the big island, and eventually we came to an area where there stood a huge statue. I recognize it from many of the pictures and items I saw around while being there. So, I figured after having already been there for a few days, I should take some time to go and read about this person who obviously plays a huge part in the culture of the Island and people whom we came to minister to.
I was fascinated by readying his story, and as a result, we felt so much more able to connect to the culture of the Ireland and its people. That statue was there the entire time we were there on that island. We could have continued to walk past it, and ignored it’s CLEAR presence during our visit. We could have chalked it up as just another land mark, that has no significance to us because, “HEY, this isn’t where we are from, and who comes to Hawaii to learn history! It’s beautiful, and that’s all that matters.”. However, we would have missed out on knowing it’s true beauty, by ignoring the statue right there in front of us.
Sometimes there are things that seem so insignificant, and unimportant to us, as we pass through life daily. But, remember that there are things that God places in our way, our path, for us to noticed and not ignore. Things that help us to understand how to move forward, where to walk, how to walk, how to talk, how to listen, what to do and what not to do. They are not always beautiful. In fact, sometimes they might just look like a pile of rocks, just like those in Joshua 7:26.
“Then they erected over him a large pile of stones (it remains to this very day) and the Lord’s anger subsided. So that place is called the Valley of Disaster to this very day.”
Achon has confessed and because of his deceit, and disobedience, it caused loss of life and endangered God’s people. As a result, he loss his life and a pile of rocks were left on top of his body as a memorial of sorts, to remind those who walked past that place, the cost and importance of every decision and choice we make.
Don’t ignore the rocks that you see as you travel through life! The monuments that lay right in front of you, or perhaps obstructions that seem to be impeding your way. Examine them, acknowledge their presence on the road, and let their presence be a remind for you to remain close to God at all times. Also, that we leave a legacy that can encourage and uplift others to do better that what we have done, by God’s grace. Lest we become memorials of doom for others.
Ephesians 5:15, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”