Last week we took delivery of a yard and a half of river stones. They are to lay down in our front garden to help us take control of the weeds, which were getting out of hand. Fortunately my youngest daughter isn’t afraid of a little hard work and got out in the garden and weeded the whole thing. Then the stones came and after laying down newsprint we had left over from an art project, we piled the stones on top. Then my daughter and my wife bought some flowers for where there were no stones laid down.
And now the garden looks the best it has since we moved in six years ago.
But what to do with the left over stones? Do you know how large a yard and a half of stones is? Imagine a pile of stones sitting in your driveway. It is about four feet round and at its highest point about twelve inches high. And that is after stones have already been laid in the garden bed.
‘Tis a mystery what to do with all those stones! We can’t leave them in our driveway and there are only so many places that we can put any more of them.
Joshua had no problem knowing what to do with the stones that God had told him to take out of the Jordan River after the people of Israel had crossed into the promised land. He was told to build with the stones a cairn which would be a memorial for future generations of the great things God had done in bringing the people into the land.
All of us need memorials of some kind. The purpose of a memorial is it is to help us remember certain things. In the church we have symbols such as crosses and stained glass windows. The church also has other symbols like the Lord’s Supper and baptism both are representations of death and new life in Christ. Both of these things are considered mysteries, but mysteries that are revealed in Christ our Lord.
So perhaps the stones in my driveway can be a symbol of some kind for me and my family. But I really don’t think that my wife would be happy if we left them there as a cairn. I don’t think that that would be a very good idea at all. No, it certainly wouldn’t go over very well at all.