Last weekend I used my holiday weekend to conquer the tedious task of cleaning out my girls’ closets and drawers. I always hate the task, not because it is a chore but because it makes my heart hurt a little bit to pack up clothes that they have so quickly outgrown.
As I folded up each item of clothing my mind would flash back to memories with them wearing the outfit. Although remembering can be painful at times, there is greater purpose involved.
After all, the Bible commands us to remember at least 148 times. But what is it we should remember?
“But then I recall all you have done, O LORD; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.”
My oldest daughter, now nearly 4 years old, was an underweight infant, and as a new mom I was overly bothered by that. I would stress and stew over whether or not she was nursing enough. Each time I would bring her to the doctor or the nursing center for a weight check I would pray, “Lord, please make her grow.” As I placed the lid on the box of 3t clothes she sprouted right out of I remembered how faithful God was to take care of my baby and calm the nerves of an anxious new mommy.
My youngest daughter had us praying for her life in ICU units on two separate occasions. I recalled the day in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit that I was told that she would be delayed and would not likely develop as a normal child. When I folded up her mud stained clothes, the images of her splashing outside in the mud brought a smile to my face and a glow to my heart. “That’s our God!” I thought to myself.
You see, when we remember what God has done, we remember who He is. When we remember who He was in the past, our faith is strengthened for today. We can be certain that He is powerful, capable, loving and good because He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Might I challenge you today to stop and remember? Take just a moment to look back over your shoulder at what God has done for you. Then, with the reminder of who He is in the forefront of your mind, you will have all you need to face the day in faith.