“God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
His merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great Your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left,” (Lamentations 3:22–24, MSG)
Earlier this week, I was rummaging through old prayer updates, looking for a specific item we had requested prayer for somewhere along the way. Our now-defunct weekly prayer updates (yes, I was very ambitious when we were new to the field!) were titled “Ask Boldly,” a reference to James’ words in The Message: “If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get His help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought,” (James 1:5–7).
As I scrolled through emails, I completely forgot what I was originally looking for, distracted instead by what God has done for us every single step along the way.
Soon, I was overwhelmed, and so profoundly grateful for His faithfulness. Unwavering, complete, incomparable. Not only could I see the answers to those prayers, but the praises and surprises, ways He lavished us with love and encouragement, provisions, even luxuries.
My small phone screen declared digital Ebenezers of the movement of God in our lives, family and ministry.
Even in the times we felt Him withholding, He returned back seven-fold what we gave over to Him. Oh, sure, maybe not in exact change or to our specifications, but beyond what we imagined—often more than we could hope for.
In those same few days, I called out to Him as we faced the unfaithfulness, impermanence and brokenness of man. I long to see His fingers moving over fractured pieces, His Spirit singing over oppression, His Son sacrificing for sinners.
I trust that His loving kindness knows no end, because I have seen it, recognized it, humbled to have it to rest on me. Somehow, He has made me (us!) a walking Ebenezer of His faithfulness here in Europe. Together we traverse so many desperate places, but if we house the Spirit of God in these bone-weary bodies, how can we not proclaim it, even amid our own unfaithfulness, even when all seems lost?
Proclaiming with you,
“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us,’”
(1 Samuel 7:12, NIV)
Re-read your old prayer updates and newsletters. Count the answers, remember the Ebenezers.
Where are you longing for God’s faithfulness, seeking restoration? Where is sin wreaking havoc? Share it with someone today, and pray for it together.