This week I have the joy of hanging with some of my favorite people in one of my favorite cities, Nashville TN. This is the place where God rewired and restored a jaded, burned, and rebellious 20yr old and gave him purpose, vision, life, and a smokin’ hot wife…PRAAAAAAIZE!!!
This is where God connected me to Every Nation Churches and Ministries as well as many lifelong friends that I could not possibly begin to list.
Of all the places that I love to go in Nashville, one always sticks out…”The Triple 5”. What is the “The Triple 5”?
Starbucks: 555 Cool Springs Rd
“The Triple 5”
This was a key location of inspiration, connection, and growth while I was living in Nashville. No, this is not an advertisement for Starbucks Coffee Co., though I would greatly receive any perks they would care to offer for the free publicity. It is however a recognition of how God can do extraordinary things in an ordinary place and forever remind us of his favor and love.
It reminds me of a song my old pseudo-roomate (he slept on my couch for 3 months) Mat Kearney wrote called “Memorial Stones”. The song referred to a passage in the Bible when God was calling Joshua to establish a place of remembrance.
v.6 “Let this be a sign among you, so that when you’re children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’
v.7 then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.” – Joshua 4:6-7 – (New American Standard Version)
The Triple 5 is a place of remembrance for me. As soon as I walk in I’m reminded of the many moments of conversation, conviction, and conflict experienced over a cup of coffee or a venti cup of ice water (depending on how much I had left of my full-time living on a part-time salary).
We need places like these to jog our memories and remind us God’s faithfulness, favor, and love so we “forget not His benefits”.
When David faced Goliath it was his memory that gave him the edge. He remembered when God had given him the victory over a lion and a bear and from that place had the faith and courage to take on a seemingly impossible foe. When we face giants in our marriages, jobs, and studies we must not forget.
God’s Word is our ultimate reminder of His faithfulness over time, but he uses many things, people, and places as well.
Do you have a place of remembrance?
Do you have “memorial stones” that remind you of what and who is really important in life?
How will you remind future generations of God’s faithfulness and love?