Raising an Ebenezer

Guest post by Kari Browder


When I was 16, I was driving myself and some neighborhood kids home from youth group one night. The roads were a little wet, and not in the best condition. I hit a pothole, lost control, and (not being the most experienced driver) I fishtailed all over the road. I didn’t know what was happening. I just knew I was going to hit something pretty hard: my car didn’t seem to be slowing down and there were trees on both sides of the road. After trying to gain control of the car and realizing there was no hope that I would, I let go of the wheel and said, “Oh God” over and over again. It was literally a “Jesus take the wheel” moment. Finally, my car landed, wedged between a billboard sign and a power line pole. A fence post came through the windshield and stopped right in front of the face of the boy in the passenger seat. We all walked away from the accident without a scratch, save a few bruised ribs from the seatbelt.

At the time I was just bummed that I was going to be without a car and would have to start driving my mom’s station wagon, Jesus license plate and all. However, the mom of the kid in the passenger’s seat called me the next day to check on me; mainly she wanted to share some words of wisdom that have stayed with me since then. She told me to write down what had happened so that when life got hard, I’d be able to look back on this time where God rescued me. She assured me that there would be more tough times ahead. After some polite conversation, I hung up and thought, well, that was bizarre.

Since then, her words have proven true: I have definitely gone through some tough times. I’ve also read many Old Testament passages where God has had to say to the Israelites, “Remember when I brought you out of the land of Egypt?” “Remember when I gave you food?” “Remember…?” I’ve realized that this idea of remembering God’s faithfulness and provision is not a new one. Psalm 105 says,

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.

 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.

 Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

 Look to the Lord and his strength;
    seek his face always.

 Remember the wonders he has done,
    his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced”

The psalmist goes on to tell of all of the times when God had intervened and done great things for the Israelites. 

When God gave Samuel and his men victory over the Philistines, Samuel set up an ebenezer (“stone of help”) and said “thus far the Lord has helped us” (1 Samuel 7:12).  These testaments of what God has done not only give God the glory, but they build our faith as we remember all of the times when God was faithful in the past. 

So as it’s safe to say that these are hard times that we’re going through right now, let’s share our ebenezer moments with each other.  We want to hear about your ebenezer moments so we can have our faith built and give God the glory, too!  Send your story to David’s email so we can share it in the Epistle.  If you want to share it anonymously, say so in your email and we will respect your privacy.