It’s often the time “after” that serves as the best teacher in life.
In 1 Samuel 7:12, it says that after the men of Israel defeated the Philistines, “Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.”
Years ago, I began a personal collection of “Ebenezer stones”…a bent nail, a hospital bracelet, a plastic snowflake, etc. These mementos serve as markers along my road of faith. They remind me of lessons my heavenly Father has taught me, and times when I look back and take comfort in knowing that He was there, helping and guiding me.
The second stanza in the old hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” reads:
Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I’ll begin;
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
When I look at my life, whether traveling through valleys or resting on mountaintops, I can say with confidence, “thus far the Lord has helped me,” and I look forward to the time after this present journey...my arrival home to be with Him forever.