"What gives me hope is the belief that God will be faithful, because He has been faithful before, to me and the people around me. I need the reminders [like ebenezers]. I need to be told that He was faithful then, and then, and then. Just because I may have forgotten how to see doesn't mean it isn't there. His goodness is there. His promises have been kept. All I need to do is see.So when I'm on the edge, peering over into the unknown, trembling and terrified to move forward, afraid to take that next step, I practice believing that full life is beyond the fear. I know that God's voice has led to me this exact place... He is leading my life, saying to me, as He has been saying to His people throughout history, I will never leave you, and I have left reminders all around, if you have the eyes to see them."
-Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines
It has been a practice of mine for the last few years to set up my own personal ebenezers, "commemorations of divine assistance," to remind myself of God's many acts of faithfulness in my life. It's a discipline I highly recommend, because we will all eventually have moments of fear and doubt, and these little reminders can help us to refocus on Who is really in control no matter of how we're feeling. My hope is that this next year will be one of remembering that the fullness of life lies just beyond those fears and doubts, and that my ebenezers will continue to give me the confidence to trust in God with all of my heart in all circumstances.
What are your hopes for 2014?