Touchstones are more than just memories and come in all kinds of forms to include rocks. A touchstone is a remembrance; a tangible reminder of something that God has done in your life. Sometimes it is a rock, as illustrated in the picture on the left. This heart shaped rock is my touchstone and I carry with me everywhere I go. It serves as a reminder to me that God loves and cares about my heart. I don't have to have it and I want you to understand that I do not worship a rock. However, if I start to doubt, all I have to do is reach in my pocket, pull out this rock and I am reminded of His love for me. A few years ago I shared the story of how I found this rock with a church on a Sunday morning. A couple of weeks later a woman approached me at another event. She asked, "Arn't you the guy who came to our church and talked about the heart shaped rock?" I said I was. She then went on to tell me how she had asked God that Sunday why He had not given her a rock or something like it to remind her of His love? Then she went on to tell me a story of how God had given her a touchstone. The week after I had visited her church on the following Saturday was her birthday. Her family went all day without saying anything about it. Feeling down because she thought they had forgotten she went out shopping. When she returned home she was greeted by family and friends with a shout of "SURPRISE!" You see her family had not forgotten her special day, instead they had thrown her a surprise party. You see God showed her through that party that He did care about her heart and had given it to her as a gift! God wants to show us His love by giving us visible reminders that He loves and cares for our hearts. The question is, do we see them? Or do we just pass them off as "nice things"? The next time you receive a gift (whether tangible or intangible) ask God, "Is this my Touchstone?" You might be surprised by the answer!
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