I was sifting through mountains of photo files, looking for a few photographs that I needed. With every file I opened, I kept repeating the same thing.
“Oh, I remember that!” or “Oh, I had forgotten that!” In the middle of the reminiscing, this is what dropped into my heart:
“The reason I can still find hope is that I keep this one thing in mind: the Lord’s mercy…His compassion is never limited. It is new every morning. His faithfulness is great.”
It’s a verse from Lamentations 3 (not the first place you would think to go and be encouraged!).
We have been trying to sell our home, and it has not been going well. Last night we were asking a lot of “whys” and “what if’s.” So much of this we don’t understand. I have to remind myself: this is one part of our lives. One chapter in our story. If I go back, mentally flipping through pages of our lives, I do a lot of “Oh I remember that! and “Oh I had forgotten that!” There are snapshots of our days, reminders of when God has walked with us, stood for us, and held us. Reminders that He is still doing those things. He has no limit.
He has been faithful and promises to keep being faithful.
In 1 Samuel there is the story of God walking with His people in a battle. When they won, Samuel took a large stone and placed it between two cities and called it Ebenezer (it means “the stone of help”). He placed it there as a reminder that up to that point in their journey, God had helped them. It wasn’t always a pretty story. There was winning, losing, confusion, and peace, but God was there, on every page.
So here is my Ebenezer (feel free to make it yours as well). I want to mark this place. God has been faithful in every part of my story up to today. I know He will keep helping and walking and standing and holding, in all my tomorrows. Setting up this stone means I can trust Him with the next line, the next page, the next chapter–no matter what they might look like.
I hope your day is filled with moments of remembering faithfulness.
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