Favorite Things: Remembering Edition

Some times looking back is fun. Some times it is really difficult.

We may prefer forward because it is after all, the direction we are walking in. Some times we prefer forward because backwards is painful. We can look back and see moments of great joy and in the same action, see where fear took root.

The last few months has had a totally different…everything about it. It’s a sweet season. It’s a beautiful season in our church. We are seeing God move in ways we didn’t know how to pray for a few years ago. Revival has started in each of our hearts and Sunday feels like a giant overflow. While it isn’t easy in the stretch and tension, it’s a season I am incredibly grateful for.

The now. I like it.

The best is still ahead of us.

But looking back? There have been some really amazing…and some really difficult seasons.

There are some seasons I’d rather not look back on.

Sunday’s message (which isn’t online and it makes me super sad that it didn’t record) was one that reminded us to look back and see God’s faithfulness and how that reminds us of His faithfulness in the present.

To remember is all over the bible. When Jesus instructed on communion, it was for the purpose of remembering. All over the Old Testament, there are memorial stones, altars, places, promises…and God being clear on remembering who He is and how he loves and leads his people. He knew we would need to remember.

Remembering is holy.

Sunday, we remembered as Ray went through pictures of his childhood and teenage years and ended out with our wedding picture. In the middle of it all was a picture I need in a frame. It was one from when his parents were ordained. I cried. Why? Because I know who they are now, I have heard stories of who they were then…and the stories I hear of who they were before Jesus doesn’t even compute. God is just that good. The whole story points to all Christ came to redeem. And there is nothing, absolutely NOTHING that is too big for Jesus. I know what I know because they have looked back and it points us all forward.

We get to look back and see God’s faithfulness. It sets the tone for the present.

Have you ever started talking about where you came from and suddenly saw all the steps along the way that led you to where you are? Maybe there is pain in your story. Where are you now? Don’t be afraid to look and remember. If you are, get involved in a community of believers who can help you walk and not be afraid of what you see when you look back because they can see the whole picture of past and present and where it is leading into your future.

Remembering together is far better than remembering alone.

I love this particular passage of scripture. Not just because the words themselves have been the words my mom wrote on everything, I love it because of the context.

Lamentations. It’s literally all lamenting. And then somewhere in the middle, Jeremiah remembers…so let’s do the same.

“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, therefore I will hope in him.””