The LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt.” And so that place is called Gilgal to this day.Joshua 5:9
Gilgal can be translated as the stone that rolls. Gilgal is near Jericho just across the Jordan River where Israel first entered the promised land. It is also the place where for the first time in the new land they celebrated the Passover and remembered that God delivered them from Egypt. Gilgal is both a place and a meaning for the people of Israel. From this point forward, Gilgal is mentioned 38 times. It was a well-traveled and familiar place for Israel. Each time they pass the place called Gilgal they are reminded of its meaning which is that God rolled away their disgrace as slaves.
Yesterday we heard that forgiveness brings pleasure and contentment, or in other words happiness. Today we hear the importance of reminders in our lives to draw our attention back to the actions of God in our lives. To be refreshed by the reminder of God’s work in our lives is one of the reasons for Sunday worship. Israel, too, had a weekly practice of Sabbath which served as that reminder as one of its reasons.
But Gilgal was different. It wasn’t a weekly, or even an annual thing. It was also not a time period, like a day, but a physical location. It was tangible. It was unmistakable. It was “to this day” forever.
Where is your Gilgal? Where is the place that reminds you of God rolling through your life and forever changing it? Let me suggest something for today. Humor me…
With Google Earth find your “Gilgal” and make it your screensaver or add it to your images on your device today. I’d love to hear your places and more importantly how refreshed you through remembering.