Recently, the First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City dug up and opened its Century Chest, a time capsule that was buried under the church 100 years ago. The artifacts inside the copper chest were remarkably well intact and the chest was full of historical treasures including a newspaper from the day the capsule was buried which was April 22, 1913, a dress, a telephone, a flag, a pen used by President William McKinley, a camera, and a pair of women’s shoes that still had its shine.
When I read that story, I was reminded of how important it is for us to leave both physical and spiritual signs for our kids and grandkids to follow.
In Joshua Chapter 4, when the children of Israel crossed into the Promised Land, God told Joshua to have each tribe place a stone as a memorial saying that the stones would, “… serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord” (Joshua 4:6-7).
Consider leaving a memorial for your children today about what God has done in your life. Your time capsule may prove the existence of blessings or burdens in your life but will be a sign of God’s grace and glory… past-present-and future!
Think about it, and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D