There’s a theme that’s been heavy on my heart over the past two weeks. I don’t quite even have the words to express it to you all, but I want to try today. If you read Monday’s post, you may remember that I mentioned it there. Today I’d like to expand that thought.
According to Dictionary.com, that word means (among seven other definitions):
- To recall to the mind by an act or effort of memory; think of again
- To retain in the memory; keep in mind; remain aware of
- To have (something) come into the mind again
Remember. It’s what we must do with God. 2017 was a year of discovering that God is good. In October, I read Annie Downs’ Remember God which talked about learning to remember that God is kind. As I read the back cover of it, I thought it was just going to be like Bill Johnson’s God is Good, in terms of talking about the character or nature of God. And yes, it was about that, but there was more to it than just recognizing the nature of God; it talked about remembering the nature of God. At the time that I read the book, it was a simple yet potent truth for me, but in the weeks following finishing reading it, those themes have continued to echo in my life.
September, October? Those months were easy to remember God was good and kind. There were several times were I would just cry because He was so very kind in those months. But November and December? It’s been hard. Three sisters in our youth group, dear friends of mine, lost their mom right after Thanksgiving in a car accident. It was sudden and jarring and the waves of grief were nauseating in their intensity. It’s been really, really rough to go through this season alongside of them, and I have such great respect for them and the strength they have. It hit really close to home for all of us in the youth group, I believe, yet smack dab in the middle of this–not even a week after her death–God has been saying, “Remember Me. Don’t stop thinking about Me. Not for a moment. Remember. Remember My goodness. Remember My kindness. Remember My faithfulness.”
We gathered as a youth group around these girls, and we prayed. We cried. We hugged. And we sang. We worshipped. We sang Lauren Daigle’s song “Remember“, and the lyrics “I can’t stop thinking about/I can’t stop thinking about/I can’t stop thinking about/Your goodness, goodness” were so hard to sing yet my spirit couldn’t help but sing them. It wasn’t a cry from an overflowing, tangible experience of His goodness–things were bleak. It was a desperate cry of I can’t stop thinking about His goodness, because I can’t bear to think of anything else. The alternative was too harsh. Our souls were too desperate. Our hearts too broken.
We can’t stop thinking about His goodness. As I said on Monday,
“We cannot, we must not, stop thinking about God’s goodness. To do so is to allow an incorrect perception of the character of God into our lives, and to shift our focus to it above who God really is, thus creating an idol. To do so is to damage God’s reputation. To misrepresent Him. God has a lot at stake to rescue you too—not just your own wellbeing, but His very reputation. And He has said He will not allow His reputation to be tarnished.”
May we raise our Ebenezer together, saying, “Thus far, the Lord has helped us.” And when the going gets rough, let’s remember. For He is the same God who rescued us before, and He will do it again.
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