Remembering on our Journey
19th March 2017
All Age @ 11 has been thinking about our journey with God. We have been looking at some of the events in the life of Moses and Abraham from the Old Testament to consider some of the lessons that we can learn from how God walked with his people Israel. These can help us to identify some signposts for our own journeying.
In Exodus 17 we encounter a situation where the Israelites are grumbling because they have no water. At this point in the their story they had left Egypt, crossed the Red Sea, recieved the presence of God guiding them in fire at night and cloud by day, had their food provided miraculously with quail and manna and already seen a miracle of clean water provision. With that kind of intervention from God we may be inclined to think that trusting God should have been a breeze. But no, again in this passage the Israelites are grumbling against Moses and against God. It is a very human passage, you could almost hear Moses' exasperation as he talks to God about needing help or the "people will stone me". God comes through for his people again, producing water from the rock at Horeb. Moses renames the place Maasah and Meribah, meaning test and quarrel, the place forever a reminder of the lack of trust of this people.
The Bible places great importance on reminding and remembering. Time after time God's people are encouraged to call to mind, or mark with altars places where they have experienced the presence or intervention of God, hopefully in a more positive way than this particular occasion. This challenge is for us too. As we notice and remember the ways that God has provided for us, for our familes, our community and our Church we grow in confidence for the future. The God who has been with us so far in our journey will be with us as we move forward. He knows what is coming tomorrow and in our future and will meet with us there. We can trust him.
To help us remember, we recorded our thanks for specifc interventions and provisions and tied them with ribbon to a rock. We then built a cairn, much like the altars of stones built in the Old Testament, to be a visual reminder that God has been this way and journeys with us still. You can see the cairn at the back of St Nicholas at the foot of the cross made from tree branches.
Where do you see God at work in your life? Do you take time to notice and be thankful? Perhaps experiment with looking for his presence - that may be something major, an answered prayer or it may be a still, small voice assuring you that you are loved.
Neil and Rachel Stevens- All Age @ 11