“Those twelve stones which they had taken from the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal. He said to the sons of Israel, ‘When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying ‘What are these stones?’ then you shall inform your children, saying, ‘Israel crossed this Jordan on dry ground’” (Joshua 4:20-22).
On their way to Jericho, God performed a great miracle enabling the nation of Israel to cross an overflowing Jordan river on dry ground. Yet, no memorial was established at the river site. That the memorial stones were placed at Gilgal, between the Jordan river and Jericho, is significant. It served as a reminder not only of where they had been but where they were going. God’s time is linear. The One who is making all things new has no interesest in preserving the past but leads his faithful to the discovery of their future.