Do You Remember When?
by Alan and Clarice Smith 18 June 2022
Reading: Deuteronomy 4:9 (NIV)
Only be careful and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
We hear from time to time the expression that we are beautifully made, which we are, but we are also complex creatures. I am the type that has always made myself a mental list of what needs achieving on any particular day, and been more than happy when it's been accomplished. I sometimes think of myself as a walking book, wherein day by day more words are added, then more pages as time goes by, building up memories of all types of occasions, both happy and sad, exciting and dull, glorious or a washout. Whether we call them memories or lists, how precious they are.
I should imagine that during challenging times this is a question that many may have asked both themselves and others. Do you remember...
Your first date, your first dance, your first holiday without parents, your first trip abroad, how you felt when you succeeded getting the job you wanted? All part of the ups and downs of everyday life, bringing smiles, laughter and of course tears when sadness approaches. But do you remember when you first acknowledged, how much you needed Jesus in your life?
Lists are tools we use to document important facts or events that help us to keep on track. I've now reached that age where I use a written shopping list when I visit he Supermarket so I don't forget any items needed.
These lists/memories can also help our faith. Writing down the many ways that hat God as touched our lives, looking back over prayer lists and journal entries of answered prayers, recording Bible verses that may have suddenly come alive to us, can enrich our spiritual lives. Such activities can help us 'remember when' God's presence was especially meaningful for us. Remembering God's past faithfulness helps us to trust him with the future.
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Thank you Heavenly Father for giving us life. Help us to live each day with thankful hearts and grateful spirits so that we may be witnesses to your amazing grace. Amen