“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Jeshanah, and named it Ebenezer; for he said, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” -1 Samuel 7:12
“Keep, throw away, or donate?” My mom would ask. She sometimes helped me clean my room, because you know, she’s pretty brave.
“Keep, toss, or donate?”
“What about this? Throw away?”
“I got it from the last mission trip! I found it when…”
“Carly. It’s a rock!”
My room is divided into mounds of papers, half-done craft projects, tangled in yarn, complete with dirty clothes and trash I had pulled out from drawers and the depths of my closet. It’s the epitome of first-world problems. Long story short, I probably could do without the rock.
Maybe you keep things too. Maybe you’ve got a million pictures on your phone from the places you’ve been. Or maybe you keep scrapbooks or key chains or snow globes. Maybe there are places you like to remember because of the impact they’ve made on your faith. Maybe it’s the camp where you came to know Christ in an real way. Maybe it’s the church where you first felt you belonged. Maybe it’s a campus ministry where you felt your calling.
Whether it’s a rock you picked up or some place you simply treasure in your heart, we give thanks for our own ebenezers.