Here I Raise My Ebenezer: Looking Behind, Then Ahead to 2014

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Between Christmas and New Year’s, my family and I visited my parents for a couple days. Besides spending some quality time together (grandparents love those grandkids!!), I finally cleaned out one of two closets full of stuff that I never took with me when Emily and I got married over six years ago (it was about time I guess).

In this seemingly mundane task, God was speaking to me like crazy. Amongst other things, I found old notes from my parents and grandparents, birthday cards, love letters from junior high, high school, and college, and my high school diploma along with a letter describing what I wanted to do with my life.

As I sorted through all this stuff, God revealed to me His sovereignty over my life. I had career goals which he changed and modified to lead me somewhere else He wanted me. I knew who I wanted to marry, but He had someone else specific in mind who would be perfect for me. Painful and joyful memories were remembered once more, and the present peace revealed that those events from the past were used by God for my good.

He spoke to me through notes, photos, and old clothes that through the 29 years of my life, He has been in control all along. His ways are best and His best will be revealed to me in due time.

In the song “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” we sing a line that says “Here I raise my ebenezer.” When I was growing up, I was always confused as to why a hymn would talk about Scrooge. Since then, I’ve learned that “Ebenezer” in the Bible means “Stone of Help.” Samuel erected a stone in a field after The Lord helped Israel defeat the Philistines (1 Samuel 7:12).

It was a visual reminder of God’s faithfulness to them.

Little did I know that I would find numerous Ebenezers – reminders of God’s faithfulness – in my closet just before the start of 2014.

So how am I viewing 2014? With total trust in a powerful, faithful God. While I do not know what may come this year, I know that God has always used everything for my good and has led me to where He wanted me.

So, raise your Ebenezer(s) high and walk in faith as we begin this new year.

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