Wow! I had no idea…Someone at the LA DOTD must have read my blog and felt sorry for me! Just one week after my cakes were crushed on the way to church (see previous post Crushed & Shattered Dreams) this is what appeared on the side of the road (complete with BLINKING LIGHTS!), just before the EXACT spot where the “incident” occurred.
To me it is a funny thing; to my husband I think it is more like a depressing roadside memorial. It makes me grin each time I pass it on the way to church. It makes him cringe. To me it is a reminder not to get upset over small things (smashed cake), to forgive quickly (the driver), to know what’s really important (not cake!), oh yeah – and to take the curve at 30 MPH. I’ll have to ask him what it is a reminder of when he looks at it (probably my “mean face” or my hissy fit).
You know, I believe God is pleased for us to have reminders of both our defeats (whether induced by self or enemy) and our victories that come by His hand. I believe it is a faith builder to remember how far we have come by God’s grace, and it is an absolute necessity that we remember the spiritual lessons we have learned along the way.
In the Old Testament, the Israelites set up stones as memorials of great victories given to them by God’s mighty outstretched arm. Many times God commanded them to do so. This was not only to remind themselves of the past, but to give testimony to anyone in the future who might one day ask “Hey, what’s that stone doing there?” Samuel set up a memorial when God delivered he and his army a victory in battle.
Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped us. 1 Samuel 7:12
I like this story because I love victorious endings, and, besides that, I just like saying “Ebenezer.”
Thanks DOTD for my Ebenezer!