But then I recall all you have done, O Lord;
I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.
- Psalm 77:11 NLT
I spend time every week doing hair for those living in a nursing home. Most of the wonderful people I have the privilege of working with have some sort of brain function impairment such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, Dementia, and Schizophrenia. These impairments end up robbing people of their precious memories.
I’ve been doing the hair of many of them for a number of years and yet they often don’t remember who I am from week to week. We end up having the same conversations over and over again every single week. And every week as I pour out my love, I’m left with such sadness and grief.
Sadness and grief because I know what it’s like to love someone who doesn’t remember me. My father lost his memory when I was 11. It was a traumatic experience for my entire family.
Sadness and grief because I know what it’s like to be someone that suffers from brain function impairment myself. To have gaps in my memory and not remember. To worry that it will progress as the years go by while fully understanding exactly how that will affect my loved ones.
So why am I sharing all this with you? It’s simple. Because sometimes with healthy full-functioning brains we take our memories, our past for granted. We rob ourselves of remembering because we’re so focused on getting where we want to go.
God knows what it’s like to be forgotten. And we all know what it feels like to believe that we are forgotten. When we don’t pause to recognize and remember God’s faithfulness in our past, our hearts harden and begin to covet, worry, rely on things other than God, and forget that we were created on purpose for a purpose.
Let this serve as a gentle reminder, in this season of Thanksgiving, to not forget to pause and reflect on our past. To remember just how good and faithful our God has been to us every single step of the way. Because my goodness, when we do remember His faithfulness, we are filled with supernatural contentment that only He can fill. Praise You, Jesus!
1. What is something from your past that God’s faithfulness was drenched in, but you may have forgotten about?
2. How does forgetting God’s faithfulness in your past affect the way you live in the present?
Dear gracious Father, Thank You for the amazing gift of memory! Thank You for being constant and never changing. Thank You for your faithfulness yesterday, today, and forever. Please help me to remember to pause and reflect on Your goodness in my life both in my past and my present. Help me to never take it for granted. Let it serve as my reminder to never doubt You, Amen.
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