There are a whole slew of things we remember in life. Some of them bring us joy and some of them we wish we could just forget. We remember our wedding day. Of course, some of us (mainly our wives) remember more specifics than us men. We remember the birth of our kids. We remember where we were when 9/11 happened. And we also have those “remembrance scars” of abusive relationships, times of depression, and unending pain.
Psalm 77:11-12 says:
“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.”
Two things from this verse about remembering. The first is that true remembering is thinking about and pondering what God has done for you. Remembering is more than a fleeting thought passing through your mind. It is taking in what God has done and His greatness.
Second, remembering is focused on God. It is not remembering the pain, the loneliness, or the hurt. It is remembering the God who has healed you, who has set you free, who has given you peace through the pain.
So as you remember, remember what Christ has done for you. Remember His salvation that has given you a brand new life. Remember how He has provided a way of escape in temptation. Remember his “last minute” provision. Remember His light in the middle of the darkness. Remember the little things in the middle of chaos and busyness. Remember the open arms of acceptance when you were lonely.
Take in your remembrances of what God has done and see how it changes your life and your perspective.