My birthday is this week. On April 3rd I will turn 50 years old. I’m good with that, since I am a real believer in the seasons of life and embracing each one. I believe that God gives us special times at each stage of life that if we will look forward to them, we will not miss the blessings of. As I look back on life, I remember things.
A good friend of mine, Jody Sweeney, posted this on her Facebook page today:
"Yesterday was the 6th anniversary of the passing of our little dog, Sibby. I know it’s weird to remember something like that, but that little dog touched so many lives in her short life. (A friend) swore she was an angel, and I believe her."
Wow. Good memories mixed in with a feeling of sadness and some nice feelings too. Sibby was pretty special. This got me to thinking more about remembering (the result of which are "memories"). When we think of remembering, we tend to think of it as something in the past, but it is much more than that. For example, consider the following phrases:
"I remember my dog Sibby" (past memory)
"Remember to read your Bible today!" (present process reminder)
"Remember that on Sunday, we will be going to church for Easter service!" (reminder of future plans)
So memories can be past, present or future? Interesting. So I went in search of what God would have to say on this subject. Hang on — gotta pray about this one.
(pause for prayer, feel free to do the same yourself) Okay — I’m back.
Do not Forget. That is what I heard today. You "don’t forget", by cherishing knowledge, memories, and things to come. I’ve got a good memory for you to have that relates to your past, present and future. This Sunday is Easter. Easter is the day that we celebrate an event that is so embedded in history that it must have truly been an incredible one. On that day, a man (whose story is an incredible event unto itself), overcame what is possibly the single greatest fear that humans have — death. He was dead, then he was alive again. Ponder that one for a moment please. We’ll be right here.
As we age, we start to fear loss. Loss of life, loss of relationships, loss of loved ones, etc. But if we remember what He did for us, the fear starts to lessen, and it turns into an anticipation of something we still have a hard time getting our minds a
round, but our hearts yearn for. Do you feel it, that small kernel of excitement at the possibility of what it will be like? We will resurrect also — God has asked us to remember that, to not forget it. We will be with him in a way that I can only imagine.
I remember what he did for me in the past. I remember what he is doing for me in the present. And I remember what He has promised to do for me in the future.
Have a great Easter week