Ebenezer

On a sunny Sunday morning my parents came to visit me. It was the Sunday before school started after six long weeks of summer break.

For me this wasn’t just the beginning of another new year, it was a whole new chapter of my life. My first real job as a real teacher ever. New classes, new surroundings, new role. This was a big deal, still is in fact.

Of course, I was excited. I had studied and prepared myself for so many years, and now I was ready to do this.

But you can’t prepare for everything and there were also so many unanswered questions and new things to be figured out. So I was also really uncertain and nervous. Would people accept me? Would I fit in? Would I like my classes? Would I make new friends?

My parents took me for a picnic and we set up our blanket on a spot near the river. The   self made table was laden with all kinds of good food, what an image of abundance! And the nature setting was just beautiful.

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When I looked around I saw that someone had piled up stones in the river. These little stone towers reminded me of  Old Testament stories where the Lord tells people to set up an Ebenezer. Stones of remembrance. Testimonies of how God had provided and taken care of them. Places to come back to in times of need and trouble.

The river has become an Ebenezer for me.

On this Sunday, at the verge of something new, I needed a reminder of all the great things in my life. Even though there was no certainty about tomorrow, there was enough reason to be grateful for the yesterday. All the provision, all the answers, all the heavenly surprises.

And there is always today. A full day of opportunities and blessings in front of us. A day we can turn into something memorable, another Ebenezer.

What are some of the moment in your life that you treasure and look back on?


Welcome to Day 23 of 31 Days of Mundane Narratives! For the month of October I will be a storyteller. Together with a few friends we will browse the forgotten photos in our galleries and tell the stories that are so often lost in busyness.
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Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People Lover. Writer.

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