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Milestones or Millstones

Have your milestones become millstones?

According to the Online Dictionary, a milestone is a “stone marker set up on a roadside to indicate the distance in miles from a given point.” Symbolically, milestones mark specific points of the journey.

On the other hand, there is a millstone which are “a pair of round stones used in a mill for grinding grain”.  In life, a millstone is a heavy weight or burden. Peter made allusion to this when he said, “Our forefathers put burdens on us we could not bear”.  He was talking about how the Pharisees took the milestone (Ten Commandments) and turned them into millstones by adding hundreds of additional laws to them.

In life, the very things that once served as our anchors of trust can become the shackles that keep us from our next milestone.

The very milestones of our past season can become millstones that keep us going in circles, grinding the same grain day after day. Milestones are markers indicating a straight path forward, while millstones (used to grind grains) never go anywhere, but round and round.

Could it be that the thing you once trusted in - the wharf you once tethered all our hopes and dreams on has padlocked your life into a cyclic loop going nowhere? Instead of discovering new markers of wonder on the journey, you have simply stopped. This instinctive “clutching” for the familiar milestones keeps us from discovering the marvelous mysteries God has for us.

A challenge to anyone hugging their past milestone to the point where it has become a millstone: Let God reserve the right to blow your mind. Allow Him to do something you’re have never seen or heard before. In doing so, you will experience new milestones on your journey.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:19