Do you remember the old song Memories by Barbara Streisand? I could sing some of the lyrics for you but you probably wouldn’t appreciate that so let me just say them for you:
All alone in the moonlight
I can smile at the old days
I was beautiful then
A time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again
Do you ever just sit and simply remember? Do you ever find yourself day dreaming about the past? Remembering a time when your responsibilities weren’t so heavy and there weren’t so many demands placed on you? I suspect we all do.
Christ also recognized the importance of remembering. In fact, scripture speaks to the importance of remembering.
In Joshua, chapter 4, we read this:
So Joshua called together the twelve men he had chosen—one from each of the tribes of Israel. He told them, “Go into the middle of the Jordan, in front of the Ark of the Lord your God. Each of you must pick up one stone and carry it out on your shoulder—twelve stones in all, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever.
God had just done something remarkable for Joshua and his followers. God wanted everyone to always remember what was done that day and this was symbolized by the 12 stone memorial.
As you go through each day, sometimes overcome and beat up by the pressures of life, will you stop and remember what God has already accomplished in your life? Will you remember the times, just like Joshua, that God has delivered you from a tough situation? Always remember that you are not alone. You serve the God of creation and He is always with every believer.
Maybe we all need to gather a few stones (or mementos) on our own to serve as a reminder that God has taken us successfully through rough times in the past and will do it again! Gather some reminders of what God has seen you through and put them in your office, bedroom, living room, or somewhere that you will constantly see them and be reminded that God is a tremendous deliverer. Always remember what we’re told in Psalm 9:
The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.