Friday, May 24, 2013

Virtual Ebenezers

Samuel took a single rock and set it upright between Mizpah and Shen. He named it “Ebenezer” (Rock of Help), saying, “This marks the place where God helped us.” 
(the Message)

The Bible's Old Testament is filled with Ebenezers.  No, not Ebenezer Scrooge, but Ebenezers-- stones of remembrance.  1 Samuel 7:12 describes Samuel placing a large stone as a reminder of God's help.  Joshua tells of the Israelites crossing the Jordan River on dry ground and taking 12 stones from the center to be placed as a reminder.  Each time the Israelites looked at those stones, they remembered God's faithfulness and provision.  For years to come, they could return to those stones with their children and grandchildren in tow to recount the miracles they witnessed.

For me, Facebook and blog posts are like that.  While seemingly less permanent than a rock, the internet allows me a place to recall God's goodness, mercy, and provision. 

Exactly one year ago today, we walked into a courtroom halfway around the world.  We sat in wide-eyed wonder as we watched God's extravagant grace unfold before us.  The next morning, after circumstances only God could orchestrate, the judge ruled and we became a family of five.

And so today, as I reread this ~ my virtual Ebenezer~ I once again stand in awe of the One who fit those pieces together.