The height of my awkward years—middle school dance with my best friend Eva

Last week, on my three day weekend, I had to succumb to a two-year plea on behalf of my mother, and clean out my closet from my childhood bedroom.  For years, I tried to put this off because I knew it was going to be a full day affair.

There I sat on the floor of my bedroom for an entire day sorting through birthday cards, teacher comment slips, letters from camp, old high school essays, and boxes upon boxes of photos.

On the plus side, I did go home with a few gems including:

  • My old overalls—even though they may or may not have ever been in style, I plan to continue to wear them like a champ.  If my cool friend Mary can do it, so can I! 
  • A masquerade mask—because you just never know when that might come in handy!
  • My old knitting bag.  The scarf is still on the needle, I just need to finish it and give it to Megan so she can help me cast off.  
  • An old magazine article from Josie on the art of the “cheek kiss”. 

More than anything, even though it was a lot of work, it was fun to mull over 15 years of memories—when did I get so old?  Sometimes, it’s good to take some time to remember.    

Last week in chuch, our pastor Andy was talking about a symbol of remembrance, an “Ebenezer” which literally means a “stone of help.”  In 1 Samuel, we see God deliver His people from the Philistines and to remember how God helped them, Samuel “took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer,saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”

An Ebenezer is a way to remember what God has done.  

So often, I run to God in crisis mode and beg and plead for him to put out one fire after another.  It’s easier for me to run to prayer when I’m troubled or in need, rather than going to God because I long to be with Him and because I want to thank and praise Him for what He’s already done.  Thanking Him isn’t always enough—I always seem to want more.   

In addition to supplication, it’s important to take time remember what God has done; to thank him for His faithfulness and the countless ways He has already moved.   For me, it  strengthens my faith—it encourages me to “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” (Herbrews 10:23) Remembering encourages me to hope and expect the infinite things He is capable of doing in the future.

If you’re new to the whole God thing, you might think that you can’t think of anything…here’s a little list to get you started:

  • Before you were born, God formed you and He knew you (Psalm 139)
  • In Christ you are a new creation—the old has gone and the new has come.  (2 Cor. 5:17)

If that’s not worth remembering, I don’t know what is!  The God who created the universe formed each one of us and through the sacrifice, of Jesus, we are new creations!

OR, just read through the Bible and see the countless times God comes to help and support His children—Noah, David and Goliath, Esther, Moses and the Red Sea—He’s all about saving and delivering. 

Psalm 107 is a great one to read that reflect and recounts what God has done.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
   his love endures forever.
 Let the redeemed of the LORD say this…

Where have you seen God lately?