One day doing yard work I noticed a stone structure in a flowerbed. The owner of the house told me the story of the stones. He had placed them in a pyramid after he and his family went through a rough time in their lives. He told me that whatever hard condition they learned a deeper understanding that God was with them. Collectively, the stones represented God’s faithfulness through their circumstances. He wanted his family to remember what the Lord had done in their lives. He called it his “Ebenezer”.
The word Ebenezer means “stone of help” in Hebrew. You may think of “Come Thou Fount” whenever you hear Ebenezer or maybe you recall the story of Samuel and the House of Israel being saved by God from the Philistines after repenting from idols and returning the ark. Samuel creates a monument calling it Ebenezer saying, “The Lord has helped us to this point” (1 Samuel 7: 12b).
We all have Ebenezer milestones that help mark monumental moments in our lives. It is beneficial to remember these milestones, because meditating on them help you worship God, who has continually proved faithful in your life. Your milestone may have occurred through your experiences on a mission trip, or a time where you were stretched financially, or during a summer camp. Without any doubt everyone who recognizes Jesus Christ as their savior has a milestone by being adopted into God’s family.
Today I encourage you to take time to look at your Ebenezer. Maybe you already have a physical representation of God’s faithfulness, such as a prayer journal. Spend time thinking of events where God moved in your life to show you more about his character. Use your meditation on these milestone today as worship to God and his faithfulness.