What to Remember

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Things are not always as you remember them. This is Devils Tower in eastern Wyoming. For those of us born before the mid 1960s, it’s known as the place where people met aliens in the cult classic movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” People still come to visit this awesome creation of God for that very reason – to see the location this movie made famous.

I don’t have the greatest memory in the world, but I remember the happenings taking place on top of Devils Tower, and even my husband, who does have a decent memory, remembered it being like that.

However, when we decided to rent the movie after actually being at the Tower recently, we discovered we were wrong. The movie’s most famous scenes are shown taking place at the tower’s base. Our memories had deceived us. But who cares? It’s not that important. It’s just a movie.

However, there are other things we never want to forget. Important birthdays and anniversaries, unforgettable events and experiences with family and friends, special days with special people. Most of all we don’t want to forget God and what He has done for us.

“Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.” Isaiah 46:9.

My past is full of the grace of God. As bad as some days, weeks, and seasons may have seemed at the time, those sad memories fade into the background as I remember God and His faithfulness during those same times. God’s redemptive purposes and plans for my life shine through the mundane days, the moments of heartbreak, and even the most joyous of times. His acts of mercy cover my sin – big and little, known and unknown. His blessings shower down over my life.

And if I will just open my eyes, I’ll see all the ways in which He has worked. He has protected me in ways I’m not even aware of. He has provided everything I’ll ever need and so much more. And most of all, He has pursued a relationship with me through His precious Son. He’s done the same for you, and He loves you deeply. He is God, and there’s no one like Him.

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