Last night I tried to upload a countdown clock into my blog – dismal failure on my part! The truth is, I am getting just a tiny bit excited, for John and I will be celebrating our Ruby Wedding Anniversary in 23 days’ time.
Well, I say celebrate…
In the climate of the Coronavirus pandemic, celebrations look very different. We had planned a trip, initially to New Zealand. That got curtailed in our thinking to probably Prague, then to Ely in Cambridgeshire, and will now be … our back garden.
We had hoped to invite family and friends to a largish party at home, which we have done several times over the years. Not gonna happen now.
But rather than get thoroughly deflated about the what-might-have-beens, it is a great time to reflect on God’s faithfulness, on the patience of my wonderful husband, the existence of my incredible sons, and the realization that this is a Time of Ebenezer; where we read of in Scripture that the Israelites built a stone to remember God’s help to win a battle against their enemy, the Philistines (1 Samuel 7:12). As I learned many bible verses as a child, the KJV is the one in my head – “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us”. I am not saying that this has been a 40-year long battle! Nothing could be further from the truth. It has been a time of building, of consolidation on the foundation we tried to lay during our courtship, and the realization that as we have trusted everything we are and have to Him, God has never once failed us. He has brought us through; through great times and through tough times. Through feelings of rejection and acceptance. Through hopes, dreams, and disappointments. Times when the way ahead has been crystal clear, and times when the darkness was intense.
Singer/Songwriter Andre Crouch wrote:
“Through it all,
through it all,
I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,
I’ve learned to trust in God.
Through it all,
through it all,
I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.”
I am sure that in years to come, we will all wonder how on earth God brought us through 2020.
But He is, and our ever-faithful God will continue to do so. He has helped us thus far, and has promised to never leave us or forsake us.
- Bring to mind an occasion in your life where you can honestly say God did that!”
- Praise and thank Him right now specifically for that time.
- Choose today to trust Him afresh, despite the circumstances, and cling onto Him as a Stone of help, proof of His dependability.
- Why not raise an Ebenezer of your own? Find an object (or make one!) that can serve as a moment of thankfulness and remembrance of the way God has always held you. Put it somewhere in your home where you can see it often.