And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jordan, as the Lord spake unto Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them unto the place where they lodged, and laid them down there. (Joshua 4:8)

This is a year of milestones for my family. My oldest daughter will graduate from high school, turn 18 and leave for college; my son will turn 16; and in October my husband and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary. Recognizing that each of these is either the end of one journey and the beginning of another, or is a way-marker in the midst of a bigger adventure has given me pause to reflect.

In this story of Joshua, as God sent the people passing through the waters of the Jordan to enter the Promised Land, He commanded them to draw out stones from the middle of the river, where they would walk on dry land, and build a memorial on the other side. When someone would ask why those stones stood there, they were to share how God had saved them. They were to commemorate forever that singular moment on a much larger journey.

Find a milestone for yourself. Look back, look around, and look forward. God is here and He won’t leave you on this path alone.
Dear Jesus, help me see my life, short as it is, in the bigger picture of Your story. Mark my way from where I’ve come and be with me even though I don’t always know the way ahead. I trust You and I love You. Amen.


Glynis Becker is a writer living in Rapid City, South Dakota. She works full-time as the administrative coordinator at her church, as well as being a wife and a mother of two teenagers. She writes inspirational fiction and devotions, as well as co-writes screenplays. Her first co-written film, Sinking Sand, will be distributed in early 2017.