“Stan,” I asked, “how often do you go back and read what you have written in your journals?”
“Every single day,” he responded.
Continuing, he said, “An essential part of my journaling is writing prayers and seeking the Lord’s guidance in things that are facing me.”
“To go back and read what I was praying about and seeing how God answered those prayers with His guidance moves me into an ever-deepening relationship with Him. What I write are markers.”
“Markers?” I responded. “What do you mean?”
“For me,” Stan replied, “if I do not write down my prayers for God’s guidance, I am apt to forget. And if I can’t remember what I was praying about, there is no way for me to fully appreciate how God answered and responded to my prayers.”
He continued, “Thus, what I write in my journals are spiritual markers to which I can refer to keep me on an ever-deepening walk with God.”
“If I did not go back and look at those markers, there is no way for me to know where I am on the journey! That is why I go back each day and read what I wrote a year ago. It reminds me of where I was, and where I am, on the journey.”
“Is that why you call it the ‘Journal of the Journey?’” I asked.
“You, my friend,” Stan responded, “have a good memory!” [Note to reader: Go back and read Entry # 15, “The Journal of the Journey.]
And those twelve stones which they had taken from the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal. And he said to the sons of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, ‘what are these stones?’ then you shall inform your children, saying, ‘Israel crossed this Jordan on dry ground.’ “For the Lord your God dried up the water of the Jordan before you until you had crossed, just as the Lord your God had done to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed; that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, so that you may say fear the Lord your God forever.” Joshua 4:20-24.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you lead and guide me in response to my prayers. And thank you that you want me to remember all you have done so I will draw continually closer to you. Please, Lord, help me in making markers so I remember all you have for me to remember in the process of knowing you. Help me to make markers and to refer to those markers so I do remember. Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.