Remembering is so important
It was one of those days.
Company was coming, so I had a rather lengthy grocery list. I had bills to pay and cards to mail, but no stamps. That meant adding a trip to the post office to my To Do list. Delivering some food to a shut-in would have to be crammed in between grocery shopping and dropping off some clothes at the cleaners. I needed to return a pile of overdue library books. I needed to stop by the doctor’s office for a blood test, and while I was there, I was going to ask get my glasses adjusted. A friend had asked me to lunch and I claimed I had no extra time, so we negotiated a short visit over a cup of coffee and a piece of pie. I kept adding to my ever-growing To Do list, or I would forget to remember what I needed to do.
I rushed to the car with my To Do list and my grocery list. But first, I had to spend fifteen frantic minutes looking for my keys. I had put them somewhere, and for the life of me, I couldn’t find them anywhere. Twenty minutes later, keys firmly in place in the ignition, my husband called and explained that he was completely swamped and couldn’t leave the office and asked if I would pretty please bring him some lunch. That was when my brain imploded and turned to mush. At that point, if someone had asked me my name I doubt I would have remembered it. Thank goodness I still had my lists.
Sadly, the days of me being able to remember things without making lists are long gone. If I have more than one place to go, I need a list. If I have more than two things to do, I need a list. If I have more than three things to buy, I need a list. If only I could remember to remember the things I need to remember.
Psalm 77 deals with remembering God. When we are low and depressed and feel as if God is no longer with us, we tend to cry out for God to remember us. It’s when our cries for God keep us awake, we need to remember. How well do we remember the deeds of the Lord? Do we remember the miracles He performed that displayed His mighty power? Or how His mighty arm defended and redeemed His people?
Here’s the challenge: Start making a list of all the things you remember God has done for you. Things He did yesterday and things He is doing today. List all the things He’s provided for you. Keep adding to the list things you remember about God as soon as you remember them. Keep your list handy, for it will help you remember to remember the things you need to remember about God.
Don’t ever forget that we need to remember to remember just how awesome is our God. The most important thing for us to remember—no matter how many other things we need to add to our list of things to remember is this: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. That, my friends, is worth remembering.