Thursday, August 26, 2010

How's Your Memory?

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Last week my family had the chance to see Matt Maher in concert.  I wasn't familiar with much of his music, but I knew that he'd written "Your Grace is Enough," a song that really touches my heart.

Worshipping, surrounded by fellow believers, I knew it was exactly what I needed to keep my focus in the right place.  I think it was in the intro to "You Were on the Cross" when Matt spoke about going through trials.  Sometimes when we're in a difficult time, our faith is tested.  He added a new (to me) twist on that:  during trials, our memory is tested.

When we only look at the present moment, we can easily forget about all that God has done.  When I read the Old Testament history and see how many times Israel turned away from God, I want to say, "Don't do it!  Don't you remember how the Lord brought you out of Egypt?  How He watched over you and provided for you in the wilderness?  How can you turn your back on Him after all of that?"

And then I look at myself and realize that I do the same thing!  When I'm walking in the dark, I forget the countless times, the innumerable ways that God has blessed me.  Not just the stand-out, momentous things--like giving us a healthy baby despite complications and an emergency C-section--but the ongoing things, too.

How many times has God sent me the right person, the right opportunity, the right word, the right reminder ... at just the right time?  How many times has He protected me from my own foolishness, provided for my material needs, and directed my steps?  Countless times--and probably many more than I know.

It's not unlike a child who is allowed ice cream every day for a week ... then the first time that Mom says No, he cries, "You never let me have anything!"  Rather than calling him ungrateful, let's be gracious and say he has a poor memory.  Don't we all, sometimes?

I think this is one benefit of keeping a prayer journal (I don't, but I always think I should):  when we experience trouble, we can look back and be reminded of the ways that God has worked in our lives. Participating in Friday's Fave Five serves a similar purpose.  It not only gives me a reason to look for the bright spots, the blessings, in each week--sometimes they're hard to find, but they're always there--but it also documents them.  When I feel lost or hopeless, I can look back at these messages and remember specific displays of God's goodness and faithfulness.

This was the Bible Gateway Verse of the Day on Monday:
When I said, "My foot is slipping,"
your love, O LORD, supported me.
When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought joy to my soul.
So true! Now, when I find myself walking in the darkness, I just need to remember this.  Easier said than done, I know!

How do you keep your memory sharp?

9 comments :

  1. I think all religions teaching the same thing to their believers. Islam also pay a greater attention to the relationship between the we creatures with our Creator. We always can seek help from our Creator. As mention in our Holy Qoran.. in The Opening Surah

    "Only You we worship, and Only from You we ask for help"

    well, I'm glad that I can really share an interfaith discussion with people from other religion. =)May God bless us..

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  2. What a beautiful post of inspiration. Yes, I am very guilty of having a poor memory. Thank you for "jogging my memory" this morning. :)

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  3. I like the idea that we forget to remember. God tells the Israelites over and over and over to remember what I have done for you.

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  4. Well, I don't like it but you know what I mean. :)

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  5. You know you're doing your best and put it forward and that is all that can be asked for. And so MUCH better than some do.

    Love that!

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  6. Thank you for the reminder! I often do this and then realize what I am doing. :) Blessings Melissa!

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  7. So funny that you wrote about this today. My husband spoke to our youth last night about prayer. He encouraged them to write down their prayers. Often times we forget what we pray for and in turn, forget how God has answered our prayers...so.many.times! He is faithful (and just) and He is everlasting!

    Christie

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  8. Yes, I have a terrible memory! It's good to have a reminder of that.

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  9. I looked up the lyrics to "You Were on the Cross" just this morning! Very powerful lyrics. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here.

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