“Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
hither by thy help I’m come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.”
—Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Come thou fount of every blessing is a very rich and profound hymn.
In our church we sing it by spells but it never ceases to be at the back of my mind. Who can’t relate to the hymn writer’s soul when he wrote “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love.” Isn’t there an essence of all of us in those few short words? Even more who in their Christian walk in life hasn’t set up or encountered at least one Ebenezer Stone? Stones in the old testament are very important to God! They are markers of one sort or another. The Ebenezer stone was set up by Samuel (1 Samuel 7:12-14). It was a stone of help. Can you imagine it in your life? “Here I raise my Ebenezer, hither by Thy help I come.” Think of it when you sing these words, can you close your eyes and feel your hands rise in praise, your heart soar with adoration, your mind perplexed with gratitude? It’s hard to say what my stone of Ebenezer is exactly, but I love to let my mind wander and at times I can see a stone in front of me as I worship, only it’s not a stone, it’s my Savior, my help in times of trouble, my Rock, my Fortress, my Redeemer. I see green pastures behind Him and a dessert behind me. In that moment I choose to enter into the safety of my Stone of Ebenezer. For surely the Lord is in that Place. Surely He is our ultimate Ebenezer, if only we seek His help, His embrace. If only we accept it. But alas, we are all human, and we once again are “prone to wander…..prone to leave the God we love.” And when we do, He reaches His blessed hand out, and reminds us Ebenezer is there if we only call, if we only surrender, if we are willing to walk the dessert to rest in the green pastures of His love. So as you go about your daily routine, as you struggle through this or that, as you sit on the mountain top He has placed you on; reflect on your Ebenezer and “Praise His name…..Be fixed upon it…..Name of God’s redeeming love!” And remember when you feel like your going to wander, He is there waiting to hold you in His arms and love you as only He can.