Mind you, I never forget useless trivia, failures, and disappointments. These details of life get worn around my heart like tarnished trinkets on a bracelet.
My forgetfulness is much more dangerous.
I forget the words of truth…and those whose speak them, the victories won, and the faith-that-moves-mountain moments. I forget that I have been “drawn with chords of love.”
When I do, I falter. I feel alone. I feel defeated. Actually, inside I faint and hide my fear behind screens and excuses. Profound fear that God will not come through.
And faith shrivels up a thousand deaths as I let my circumstances condition my convictions about God.
I forget the mighty acts of God in my life. His voice grows faint behind the thick wall of other’s opinions. His favor gets lost in the sting of other’s betrayals. I shove His truth into such a small box that I can’t find where I sat it down.
I have been camped out in this dangerous wilderness of forgetfulness. Lost. I believed I had penetrated the deeps of the forest so no search and rescue could find me. Yet…you can run from truth, but He will find you.
When He does, He will tell you what you need to remember. What you must recall to get back on the path. He will remind you of who you are, what He has done for you, and what He requires you to do.
His remembrances always speak a greater truth to our forgetfulness. Always.
“Then the Lord said to me, ‘Arise, proceed on your journey…’ Now, what does the Lord require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and soul, and to keep the LORD’s commandments and His statutes which I am commanding for your good. Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it. Yet on your fathers did the LORD set His affection to love them, and He chose their descendants after them, even you above all peoples, as it is this day…For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the LORD of lords, the great, the mighty, and awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe. He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing. So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name. He is your praise and He is your God, who has done great these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen” (Deuteronomy 10:11-21).
Like a child, my heart shouts, “I know, I know, I know!” And I do…but I forget.
Thank you, LORD, for being my remembrance! Help me to walk out of this foggy forest in the strength of Your truth.