I’m riding a lawnmower in the hot sun, and tears are streaming down my face. As I make my way toward the last patch of uncut grass in our front yard, I beg God to help me.
That image appears in my mind every time I think of God’s faithfulness.
I was a young mom then, and―as a fairly new Christian― I’d been struggling with temptation and self-doubt. Every area of my life seemed to be under attack, and I was feeling defeated. I wanted to be joyful, but my life felt anything but.
That’s when―alone on the mower, sweaty, and desperate for more of God―I cried out to Him, and He answered me.
God didn’t change my circumstances. In fact, by the time I parked the mower, my little girls needed supper, the dishwasher still begged to be unloaded, and I was as tired as I’d ever been. But my heart had changed, because I’d sensed God’s presence as He reminded me He’s everything I need.
In A.W. Tozer’s book “A Cloud by Day, A Fire By Night,” he says, “We need to have markers that remind us of what God is doing in our lives and how God is leading us to cross a particular line and never go back.”
That moment on the lawnmower became one of my first markers of God’s faithfulness. My trust in Him had deepened. There was no turning back.
When God led the Israelites through the Jordan River on their way to the Promised Land, He knew they’d need a faith marker, too. He had them build a monument of stone “so these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever” (Joshua 4:7).
What images come to mind when you ponder God’s faithfulness? Use them as markers in your journey of faith. Let them be memorials of how God has worked in your life and how He’s leading you to trust Him more.