13th August 2020
During August, I have invited some guests to contribute to the blog page. This week, we hear from Joe Macnamara, who leads our Downham site.
Sitting on a shelf by the TV in our front room, is a rather bizarre ceramic ornament of a horse. It is broken, and to be perfectly honest is not something that Sylvia or I would necessarily choose for decoration. However, it tells a story. One morning, when we were on our honeymoon in Mexico, a taxi took us out to this Mexican market. We wanted to get some mementos and gifts so were having a look around. It was all going so well until Sylvia knocked this ceramic horse off a shelf. They refused to let us leave this market without paying, and it all got a bit animated. We managed to haggle the price down, but we still had to part with a few quid. Well, seeing as we paid for it, we decided we might as well bring it home and put it on show. Whenever people ask about the horse, it provides us with a funny story to tell (although there wasn’t much laughter at the time).
Well this actually reminds me of a story at the beginning of Joshua. In chapter 4, just after the people of Israel have finished crossing the Jordan (a miracle in itself, given that the river was so wide and fast), God gives this instruction through Joshua for the people to collect some stones.
“Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests' feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.” Joshua 4:3
He goes on to explain later in the chapter the significance of these stones:
“When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever.” Joshua 4:22-24
So a question I have for you is, what are your stones? The horse is a silly example, but we all have things, moments, people and testimonies that are reminders of the goodness and the faithfulness of God. During difficult seasons, it’s these ‘stones’ that can really get us through. It reminds me of the psalmist’s words in Psalm 77:11 – ‘I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.’
Why don’t you take some time today to write down some of the stones in your life? Whenever I do that, it feeds and encourages my soul and reminds me that ‘the hand of the LORD is mighty’.
Joe Macnamara is a pastor at King's and leads our Downham site. He is married to Sylvia and they have a daughter.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.