“Mama, I’m thinking about things from a long time ago. I have a great remembery.”
Remembery. I like this word.
My memory is biased, selective, and fading. My memory is tainted by my perceptions and emotions. My memory is triggered randomly by scents, sounds and visuals. My memory is an incomplete archive that seems to be whispping away with the sands of time.
Some things I never want to forget. Some memories are life-giving. I never want to forget the memories of my first 24 years in Australia. I never want to forget the memories of life with my amazing dad, my wonderful mum, and my beautiful sister. I always want the memories of our mission trips and what God spoke to me there.
Some things I’m glad to forget. Some memories are painful. I’d love to leave behind the memories of being bullied in school, of the far-too-many stupid and hurtful things I’ve done.
There are things I should remember but don’t. I should remember all that Yahweh has done in my life. I should remember His faithfulness to the promises of His Word. I should remember His forgiveness of my sins and not get bound up again.
Instead of relying on my biased, selective and fading memory, I want to have a great “remembery” of the work of God in my life.
He knew we would need help in this area. Through the Bible, He directs us to remember things. He establised festivals, celebrations and directed the creation of landmarks to help us remember. [Digging Ditches for Standing Stones]
You must celebrate this day as a religious festival to remind you of what I, the Lord, have done. Celebrate it for all time to come. (Exodus 12:14 GNT)
Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done, His marvels and the judgments from His mouth, (1 Chronicles 16:12 NASB)
These stones will remind the people of what the Lord has done. In the future, when your children ask what these stones mean to you, you will tell them… (Joshua 4:6-7a GNT)
Father God, I need to think about things from a long time ago. Help me to have a great remembery.
1 A psalm of David. Praise the LORD, I tell myself; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. 2 Praise the LORD, I tell myself, and never forget the good things he does for me. 3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. 4 He ransoms me from death and surrounds me with love and tender mercies. 5 He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! 6 The LORD gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly. 7 He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel. 8 The LORD is merciful and gracious; he is slow to get angry and full of unfailing love. 9 He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. 10 He has not punished us for all our sins, nor does he deal with us as we deserve. 11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. 12 He has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west. 13 The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. 14 For he understands how weak we are; he knows we are only dust. 15 Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. 16 The wind blows, and we are gone — as though we had never been here. 17 But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children 18 of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments! 19 The LORD has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything. 20 Praise the LORD, you angels of his, you mighty creatures who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands. 21 Yes, praise the LORD, you armies of angels who serve him and do his will! 22 Praise the LORD, everything he has created, everywhere in his kingdom. As for me — I, too, will praise the LORD (Psalm 103 NLT)