Gratitude is not only the memories of our heart; gratitude is a memory of God’s heart and to thank is to remember. ~1000 Gifts
Isn’t it amazing when you’re searching for something in particular, you come across so many other things – usually those little artifacts bring back memories to your heart? Well at least that is how it is for me! I’ve spent the last couple of days searching for pictures, pictures for the Daughter. Seems like that should be a fairly easy task, but unfortunately our living space is kind of limited for the time being so much of the “stuff” is in storage, or hiding in places I thought I’d remember. Anyways, back to the pictures. The Daughter is in the middle of planning her September wedding and we are all looking for pictures of the bride and groom as they were growing up to help create a video. Talk about memories of the heart!
I have uncovered all kinds of little things in the process. One of the things I’ve found is this little stone that has 1 Sam 7:12 painted on it. I immediately recognized it as the writing of July Son (I hesitate to ever call either one of them Son #1 or Son #2 based on their birth order. Each is unique in his own right.). Through the years I’ve always saved all kinds of mementos made by all three. The ones that have survived the moves over the years are packed away in storage, so it is a rare find when I come across one today. When I found this little stone, I immediately went to 1 Samuel 7:12 and read about Samuel taking a large rock and placing it between the towns of Mizpah and Shen because with God’s help the Israelites had defeated the Philistines.
“Afterward, Samuel took a stone and set it upright between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, explaining, ‘The Lord has helped us to this point.’” 1 Samuel 7:12
Many times in the Bible a pile of stones, or a rock has been used as a reminder of how God has helped someone. I thought about this Ebenezer stone I discovered as a powerful, visible reminder that by God’s help I have come this far in life, and He will see me through to the end. This little stone is not going back into the little box I found it in. Instead it’s going to be put some place very special where I will see it each and every day, not only to remind me of God’s faithfulness, His grace and His mercy in his forgiveness and how He is ALWAYS there, but also as a reminder of the hands that painted this Ebenezer stone.
And yes, I did find the big box with the pictures! Another gratitude!