Acrylic on canvas
Ebenezer is the name of a place in ancient Israel, but also the name given to a rock by the prophet Samuel. The rock was to serve as a reminder of what God had done for the Israelites. It’s also used in the hymn by Robert Robinson, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home
God had the Israelites name rocks, and created different festivals as memory devices. A reminder of what God had accomplished. Considering how often the Israelites seem to forget the power and faithfulness of God, and how I can do the same, it seems like a good idea.
Orlando is my adopted hometown. I didn’t grow up here. Just before moving here I spend a year in Asia. It was a year rich with experiencing new things and seeing God’s faithfulness in many challenges. So when I moved to Orlando, and saw the pagoda at Lake Eola, it served as a reminder to me of what God’s brought me through. An Ebenezer of sorts. The pagoda gazebo is located near the northeast corner of the park.