Crossover Moments

Elwin Ahu

"Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?' then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.' So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever." (Joshua 4:6-7)
It was a critical moment for Joshua and for the children of Israel. Historically, they were moving from a land which they had grown accustomed to, into a land that presented new frontiers, filled with new challenges, new mountains to climb and valleys to cross, and battles yet to be won. Spiritually, the Lord was moving them from their past and into their Promise. They were crossing over from who they were, into who they were to become. And to remember the significance of that moment, they set memorial stones at the place where God showed up. It was a "crossover" moment - a moment in time orchestrated, undeniably, by the hand of God, when we stood right in the midst of His presence.

We will all experience these moments to some degree or another. Perhaps it was the moment we came to Christ, or the day of our baptism, or the day when we sensed God's clear call into ministry. It was when old things passed away and all things became new. Perhaps it was a time when we experienced a degree of forgiveness we never thought was possible, or received the gift of grace that was so undeserved. It may have been a time when we were humbled under the mighty hand of God, yet restored and blessed with a second chance.
We've all have experienced "Crossover" moments to some degree. But, have we remembered the significance of that moment, or has it simply washed away with the tide? We may have rejoiced in the moment, but how often do we quickly forget? What preserves our memory: "memorial stones." Just as Lord commanded Joshua, we also must be willing to set "memorial stones" that we will help us to remember, lest we drift away. It's not necessarily having to pile stones in the center of our living room (which would make quite a conversational piece), but to set anniversary dates to help us to remember. We do it for birthdays and anniversaries; we even have holidays to remember significant people and events in history. Why not do the same with our "crossover" moments - when God moved us from our past and into His Promise.

There are moments in my life that God, undeniably, showed up; moments I cannot afford to forget. When He brought me to the point of salvation, the day of my baptism, the day I was granted His grace and forgiveness, the day I was blessed with a loving wife and two sons, the day I was humbled by His hand. They were mile markers that moved me past my past and into His promise. Just as it was important for me to celebrate that moment, I must make it a point to set "memorial stones" as a reminder to continually rejoice, lest I forget and drift away.
Father, thank you for your grace that flows so freely from your heart and your throne. You have led me over many troubled waters in my past and have always opened a new future for me. Thank you for loving me as you do. Father, may I never forget. In Jesus Name.

Devotions for March 19

Joshua 3,4,5,6
1 Corinthians 4

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