What Hippos and Jesus Have in Common 

Nicholas Hindes

November 29, 2023

“In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” – Joshua 4:6-7, NIV

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas! 

Remember that song? Of course you do! First performed by Gayla Peevey in 1953, this song peaked at number 24 on Billboard magazine’s pop chart. It has been playing every Christmas season since. Each year as Indiana winter snow and wind whips through the state, I find myself tuning the car radio and listening to this iconic classic. 

Songs like this and others seem to have a timeless nature to them. With each Christmas season, the song fills me with nostalgia of season’s past, and it never gets old. I always find myself humming the melody, singing the hilarious lyrics, and laughing to myself.

The repetitive nature of Christmas songs reminds me of the value of remembering with God. Much like a repeating Christmas song brings nostalgia, remembering and repeating what God has said reminds us of His great plans. We quite easily forget what God has done for us. Perhaps that’s why He tells us so often to remember His works. 

This also happened in Joshua chapter 4. God tells the Israelites to build a monument to remember how He brought them into the promised land. God wanted them and their children to remember what He had done. He knew that in the promised land difficult times would come, and God’s people would need to look back and remind themselves of what God had done to get them there. 


I wonder what past moment with God you might need to remember and repeat in your mind right now? Much like a beloved Christmas song.

Take a moment to ask God right now what past event he wants you to remember. Take some time to thank God for all He did for you then. Ask Him to work in your life in the same way today.