Every so often I go to my special cupboard and I pull out two rocks. The first is a dark gray stone with my name etched in silver paint accompanied by silver stars. The second has my daughter’s name in silver with pretty pink stars.

When my husband taught swim lessons, the instructors painted special stones for the students to mark the completion of a level. The students then had to dive into the pool and retrieve the “diving stones.” The stones brought to mind their hard work and the skills they had accomplished. One day I was pleasantly surprised when he came home with two stones painted especially for me and our oldest daughter even though we weren’t in the class.
These two stones remind me of God’s faithfulness in our lives that summer despite our hectic schedules, our diminishing finances, my pregnancy nausea, and some relationship difficulties with extended family. I knew life wasn’t always easy but God had brought us through thus far and would continue to do so. He blesses His children immensely.
In Joshua 4:1–20, God instructed the Israelites to take 12 stones from the Jordan River as a remembrance of the river parting for them to cross over. It was a memorial of what God had done for them. Though they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, God provided for them each step of the way. Now that they had crossed over the Jordan into the Promised Land, they could count on His continued faithfulness.
This Memorial Day, as we remember our fallen soldiers, take a moment to read Joshua 4 with your family and reflect on God’s faithfulness. If you have time, paint some stones with your children as you recall specific instances.
Craft Materials:

  • Stones
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paper Plates or Containers for Paint
  • Acrylic Paint