Pointing to God’s Faithfulness
“Here I raise my Ebenezer,
Hither by Thy help I’ve come…”
“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” is a powerful hymn written over two hundred years ago by Robert Robinson. If your church is one that includes hymns for worship, you’ve probably sung this song and, perhaps, wondered what an Ebenezer might be.
It is a word found in 1 Samuel meaning “stone of help.” After the Israelites triumphed over the Philistines in battle, the prophet Samuel set up a large “stone of help” to remember the Israelite’s victory. When God’s people looked upon that stone, they would remember that it was by the Lord’s great help that they had come that far. It was an acknowledgment of God’s provision and blessings in their life.
Our Ebenezers look a little different these days. They may take the form of a selfie or a scrapbook or a meaningful phrase that we hang on the wall. Whatever your preference, I hope that you DO take the time to acknowledge God’s grace in your life—both mentally and verbally—and when the circumstance calls for it—by making an extra effort to point yourself and your family back to God’s hand at a particular point in time.
Funny how we gloss over our inevitable tendency toward distraction. At least I do! In the moment, I may be convinced that the impact of the Lord’s intervention will be something I will never be without, like a birthmark or a scar. But the busyness of life and the cares of this world will soon cause fresh anxiety when the next trial comes along. Without intentionally recording in a journal, or framing a photo, or writing a blog post, I will most certainly shift my focus from God’s faithfulness to my current circumstance.
What are you facing today that might find peace in another test that you’ve faced in the past? Have you commemorated it with your own Ebenezer? What sort of “rock of remembrance” could you—or have you—implemented? I’d love to hear your ideas! If you’d like to read a little more on this subject in regards to challenges with our autistic son, please click on this link.
Heather L.L. FitzGerald writes from her home in Texas, while dreaming of being back in the Pacific Northwest, where she grew up. Her books include , and . You can connect with Heather on her website/blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads.