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Build an Altar

I am a visual learner, no doubt about it.  The things I see, stick.  Don’t just tell me about a new idea, write it out for me.  Show me a picture and its etched in the brain.  The things I see, make a permanent impact on me.  I think we are all visual learners to an extent.

Throughout Scripture the Lord works with His people, the visual learners, many times.  Often after key moments in their lives, He commanded his people to stop and build an altar.  A visual reminder.  Something that once seen, will bring to mind events they should never forget…

Deuteronomy 27:1-4

1 Now Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, “Keep the whole commandment that I command you today. 2 And on the day you cross over the Jordan to the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall set up large stones and plaster them with plaster. 3 And you shall write on them all the words of this law, when you cross over to enter the land that the Lord your God is giving you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you. 4 And when you have crossed over the Jordan, you shall set up these stones…

There have been moments in my life where I too have felt led to “build an altar” to remember the goodness of the Lord.  Sometimes it has been in a simple journal entry I could look back to for years to come.  Other times it has been a picture or a note saved from a special friend the Lord used to bring me closer to him.  In these last few months I have found myself face to face with a literal stone monument, as my altar of remembrance.  Check this out:

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That lanky legged, slick back haired, pose striking, 5th grade girl in the picture above is me.  This picture was taken 15 YEARS AGO!  I was at Cedarmore for the Kentucky Baptist Childrens choir.  It was my first time on the Cedarmore property.  I still vividly remember the weekend.  Although my singing skills never took off (shucks) my love for the Lord was ignited at that young age and has (by the Lords grace) grown since that time.

Do you want to know the cool part of this story?  That very stone rock structure sits in my yard today!

I can stand in my driveway and look down the lawn and see this “altar.”

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This visual reminder that through the faithful service of volunteers in my church as a child, God began a work in my life.  Over the years, I have passed this “altar” on countless occasions.  Sometimes as a camper, sometimes as a college summer staff, and now as a camp wife.  Can I be honest for a moment?

Some days, camp life is simply draining.  I miss having my husband home at night.  I miss having weekends off.  It’s busy busy busy.  It is in those moments, the drained days, I look a few yards away and see my “altar.”

This camp life we are living is a BIG DEAL.  There are hundreds of students and leaders on this property throughout the summer whose lives are being changed by the power of the Gospel.  Some will come to know Christ for the first time ever this summer.  Others will find grace and redemption from sins.  Some will commit to serving the Lord internationally.  No doubt about it, the Lord is at work.

I am blessed that in this special season, my God knew His visually needy daughter would need a daily reminder of what He is up to.

He knew I’d be tired from pregnancy and chasing a toddler.  He knew some days it would be difficult to see past dirty laundry.  He knew my husband would be busy, and it would be easy for me to become distracted.  So…just down the road he put in place my visual reminder.

He has started a good work in me and He will carry it out.  And, He is doing a good work in the lives of so many this summer and we get to play a small part in that.  What a gift!

What about you?  Are you in need of a visual reminder or two these days?  Build you an altar.  The Lord is good!  Don’t forget it.

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  1. I remember that All State Children’s Choir experience @ Cedarmore 15 years ago. I was ( and still am ) so proud of you. I was not a chaperone on that trip, your Mother was. Thanks for reminding us that we all need a visual reminder of God”s Grace toward us. For me it is probably Central Baptist Church building because I pass it every day as I come & go to town. Love you, Mommaw Peggy

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