Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Girl's Best Friend

Then Samuel took a stone and set it up…He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far has the LORD helped us.’  So the Philistines were subdued and did not invade …again.” 1 Samuel 7:12.

When I younger, my mother was given a piece of jewelry called an Add –a-Bead necklace.  It came with a few gold beads at the bottom, and with each special occasion people would add to the beads until her chain was full.  Being a lover of jewelry and beautiful gemstones, I was so excited to learn of a new stone that has moved to the top of my list.  It can’t fit in a jewelry box or hang on the end of a small chain.  It is a stone that can always be mined from the deep clefts of our spiritual landscapes.  Literally speaking, an Ebenezer is a "stone of help," or a reminder of God’s provisional wonders.  Our Ebenezer’s are those remembrances of God’s deliverance for His children.  My grandmother’s journals are filled with these stones and are more valuable than any other thing she owned.  To see Grandmother’s jewelry collection, one must only open any page of her 62 years of journaling.  Her journals bulge with these stones that come toppling out whenever they are opened.

As God works in and through every circumstance in our lives our testimonies become a beautifully constructed strand of Ebenezer’s.  With each trauma and every painful season for which we journey, our spiritual necklace adorns more and more beauty.  Like the Add-a-Bead, season after season our chains are added with the beautiful testimonies of how God saved…how He provided and oh, how He loved.  With so many painful seasons and so many fearful times, our strand reminds me that when looking to God we have a strand of three – the Holy Trinity.  We do not have to fear when going into the battles of our lives for we wear our Ebenezer’s around our neck.  We will not be left to our own abilities but will be carried through the capable and loving arms of our Father. 

And one day we will exchange our strand on earth for the Strand in Heaven and experience the face to face power of the Holy Trinity.

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