A video was received in my email this week. Photos and snippets of video were compiled by my friend's husband in honor of their nephew. As I saw my friend's children through the years, viewed the familiar scenery of her home and yard and smiled at her dear family, memories flooded my heart and mind. Unexpectedly, tears began streaming down my face as I was transported more than ten years ago to a very special time and place. Memories are sure powerful. Just a scan of those pictures brought back sweet feelings and thoughts that were nearly forgotten. And the smells! I'm always so amazed at how the brain works--memories of the smells and the warmth of the sun and the pink of the dogwoods.
We can be revived in spirit and in strength when we remember. An old friendship can be rekindled, a lonely heart can be encouraged and a weary soul can be strengthened all through memories.
This isn't just some romantic notion...this is biblical. I've shared before about the Israelites raising up memorial stones after crossing the Jordan and entering the Promised Land. These stones were physical reminders of the glorious deeds the Lord accomplished while they were wandering in the desert. Over time, these served as visible memories. I wonder if the Israelites would go near the river, see the stones and imagine the feel of the wind that day they walked through the parted Red Sea or the smells of the land flowing with milk and honey or the taste of the thirst-quenching water that was poured out from the Rock.
Don't forget. Don't forget what the Lord has done in your life. When did He first draw your heart to His? What did He save you from? Have you meditated lately on the miracle of your salvation? You may be wallowing in a pit of sin right now and fighting to get out, but you've seen victory. You know that you have hope because Christ has been, and will continue to be, your Deliverer. Remember where you were and where He's brought you. If you are a child of God, He has begun that good work in you and He will continue it to the day of Jesus Christ.
During this season of Lent, as we look forward to celebrating the mighty work of Jesus on the cross, let's always remember the mighty work that He has done in our lives because of His victory on that cross. Write down your memorial stones. Rejoice in the memories and look forward to the future in hope because of Him.
He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
Psalm 111: 4