I’m currently in Iowa visiting my wife’s family. We made a quick trip (Friday-Saturday) out to celebrate my Brother-in-law’s high school graduation. Moments like this are so worth the long hours in the car. We’ve had a chance to visit with many members of the extended family that we rarely see, the kids are having a blast playing with their cousins, and we get to celebrate this milestone in the life of my brother-in-law. As we celebrate this moment with family, it causes me to reflect on my own life and how I’ve experienced God’s faithfulness over the years.
There are many milestones that occur naturally in our lives (birthdays, graduations, a wedding etc.) and there are those that are more unique to each of us. I think of things like goals we’ve achieved, special moments in our relationships (first date, etc), and special moments in life of loved ones. Taking time to celebrate and remember these moments can be a powerful thing. It’s something we see in scripture. In Genesis 12, we read about the Lord calling Abram to leave his country and family of origin and to follow where the Lord leads him. Abram obeys God and begins his journey. Throughout this journey, Abram builds altars at special places. These altars serve as reminders of what God has done…markers along the way of his journey…milestones. We see this practice throughout the Old Testament. While we’re not commanded to celebrate milestones, we do see many examples of it happening in scripture.
I hope you’ll take a moment to reflect on the milestones in your life and that in doing so, you’ll be reminded of the faithfulness of our loving God.
Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.
Let the whole world know what he has done. (I Chronicles 16:8)