“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying ‘Thus far has the Lord helped us.'” (1 Samuel 7:12)
I’m a bit of a hoarder. I seem to keep lots of things that other people might think are just junk. Sometimes I wonder what will happen when my things have to be cleared out after I die – will people wonder what on earth I was doing with so much junk!
I guess to some people it would just be a pile of paper and like my photos that are treasured by me, it will all probably end up in the waste.
Recently I’ve begun reading Samuel again and when I reached the above verse this week, I was struck by what Samuel said as he set up this reminder for the people of Israel – “Thus far has the Lord helped us.”
I guess we don’t do that sort of thing today – set up a stone to mark a point in our lives where we have met with God, or been reminded of Him and His care for us. But in some ways, a lot of the things that I have kept, I keep to remind me of times in my life when I have been blessed by God or by others, like a card that arrived just at a time when I really needed it.
It may be photos of people or memories that are special to me, or were part of things in my life that I am no longer able to do. The journals and things I have written during times of joy and times of great pain and sadness, or loss – those too can be reminders of how God has met me at those times.
It’s not always easy to read or remember some of those things – but I believe it puts my life today in perspective. It’s encouraging to me to know that even during the dark times, God has helped me through them. I find that something to rely on as I enter tomorrow, or the next day – “Thus far has the Lord helped” me. As He has in the past, so He promises to do in the future. It’s not over yet.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She has many memories of how God has helped her as she has lived many years with chronic pain and she is trusting God to continue to help her in the future. She enjoys reading, writing, travel and photography.