1 Sam 8:12 says, "Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, 'Thus far has the Lord helped us.'"
Well, I decided that I needed to have my own Ebenezer stone. I took a Sharpie and wrote "Thus far the LORD has helped me." I will see this every time I pull out of the driveway. This is my memorial to my new kind of normal.
And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, "In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, "What do these stones mean?" tell them, "Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground...He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so you might always fear the LORD your God." -Joshua 4:20-23a, 24
I have encouraged the older children to write the blessings of the Lord on smaller rocks and place them in a circle around this large stone. I noticed Marcus had written on one, "God is love". Oh, thank you Lord! He is getting it. We will not curse God and die, we will instead choose to believe that our God is good and He is for us.
"Life isn't like a book. Life isn't logical or sensible or orderly. Life is a mess most of the time. And the theology must be lived in the midst of that mess."
Life will throw us curve balls. What do we do with them? Has life thrown one at you lately? Here is a powerful quote by Ken Gire...
"When suffering shatters the carefully kept vase that is our lives, God stoops to pick up the pieces. But he doesn't put them back together as a restoration project patterned after our former selves. Instead, he sifts through the rubble and selects some of the shards as raw material for another project-a mosaic that tells the story of redemption."
Powerful and true.
LORD, put us back together again with your redeeming love.