The Power of Remembering – Monday
As I drove home late Sunday, I began to think about the past few weeks. While my mind drifted to the events of the season, I thought, “this needs to be a buttered noodle kind of night.”
For those of you who have been with us a few years, you know exactly what I mean. But, for those of you who are new to our ministry, let me briefly explain.
It has been many years now, but there was a time when I lived on buttered noodles for several months – not because I loved them. Because I couldn’t afford anything else at the time. Although it was a hard season, I don’t remember it as such. I remember it as a time when God came through, in His timing, in the most wonderful way.
Therefore, when I go through hard times, God always takes me back to buttered noodle days. To me, this means, a time to remember and be thankful that God is faithful and always comes through…even when it seems too late.
I knew God was telling me to remember…not the hard weeks, but His faithfulness.
So, I went home, made some buttered noodles and thought on the faithfulness of my God.
To remember means to keep something in mind. Re means again. Memor is a latin word that means mindful – therefore we are to keep in mind, be mindful of the times that God has come through for us.
Remembering is important to God, we see that throughout the Old Testament. Over three hundred times, the Bible talks about the importance of remembering. Remembering the mighty acts of God literally shaped a generation during those times.
Remember the former things… (Isaiah 46:9)
And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. (Deut. 8:2)
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. (Ps. 77:11)
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. (Ps. 143:5)
We don’t often see the importance or the wisdom of remembering until we have come through a season. It is only in hindsight that we see the power in remembering.
Remembering reminds us of God’s presence even during hard times. During dark times. During times we don’t think we can make it through – but we do. It causes us to know even if we can’t see clearly at the time, God came through for us over and over again and He won’t fail us this time either.
I once heard someone say remembering was like reaching into the dark of the ocean to grab hold of something you can’t yet see. But as your hand comes up, within it is a beautiful seashell. I can relate to that, as it is something most of us have done in our lifetime. Remembering God’s faithfulness in dark times is just like that – reaching into the dark and grasping a treasure that seems somewhat out of reach.
I don’t know what you are walking through today – perhaps it seems dark and hopeless to you – it is not. In God there is always hope.
Take time today to remember all the things God has done for you. Remember the times He has come through for you. Remember His faithfulness.
I love Psalm 37:3; Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Remembering does just that – it causes us to FEED on His faithfulness. And it will bring us through, every single time. Don’t feed on the disappointments – instead look back, remember and feed on His faithfulness.
Appoint My Days
God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and a sound mind. I walk in soundness of mind and divine direction, for Jesus has destroyed confusion in my life. I identify with Christ’s mind. I have the mind of Christ. I will not listen to the voice of doubt and discouragement.
2 Timothy 1:6, I Cor. 2:16; John 10:5; Josh.1