Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Important Things To Remember

This past week my daughter had her first appointment with a new doctor.
She has yet to know the old family history answers
to the questions she had to fill out on the new patient forms.
Therefore, she called on me to help her fill in the blanks.
I have been trying with more purpose
to help both of my kids know their family medical history,
but still they check in with me to get the facts.
It is not that I mind...
I kinda like that they still need me for something.
But at some point, they need to be responsible to know their own family history.

This brings me to one of the ways 
that God reminds me of His existence in my life.
He causes me to remember past places 
where I clearly felt and saw Him working.
Recalling specific dates, events, seasons.
Looking back brings clarity to how I got to where I am now.

Through out the Bible 
God creatively reminds His people 
that He has not abandoned them.
Time and time again 
they found themselves in places they could not get out of. 
Places of suffering that at times they brought on themselves. 
Places of deliverance that looked like disaster. 

We all have times when where we came from 
and how we got to where we are 
needs to be recalled. 
When the line of our life needs to be retraced.
For that is how we are reminded 
of how much our Heavenly Father loved us 
and still does.

There are particular times when 
retracing my history seems most important:
When I can not feel His presence
When I am living in the mundane of life
When my future seems fuzzy
When the answer is not what I wanted or expected

In all of these times, it is what has come before,
the things that have made a mark on my life
all of it
all of those significant moments in my life 
that makes me,

When I look at it all, 
each significant piece, 
through the lens of My Savior,
how could I not be filled with Thanksgiving?

For without Jesus
My history, 
what makes me, 
would look like a grown up mess

But instead
My history
what makes me
is exactly what God intended all along.

My history is what gives my life flavor,
and allows me to show off 
how big My God is.

I do not want to leave out or forget one thing.

Psalm 77:11-15 (esv)
I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
I will remember your wonders of old.
I will ponder all your work,
and meditate on your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is great like our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
you have made known your might among the peoples.
You with your arm redeemed your people,
the children of Jacob and Joseph.