As I read these verses recently, I was struck most by the last line…
“Remember the wonders He has done.”
In the weeks following the launch of my memoir, Abundantly More, I’ve reflected a lot on the process of writing the book and the slow healing that it provided for me. I know that God has other plans for this book that are not at all about me or my family story, but I also realized that part of this calling was for my benefit. Having to relive each of these stories, the good and the hard, was a way of remembering.
Just like the Israelites, we too need to stop, or sometimes to be stopped, and remember the God of our past struggles, the God of our forefathers, the God of the Bible in a fresh, new way. As I did that, as I wrote about my past, I saw with fresh eyes how even the smallest and most insignificant details were, in fact, an intentional orchestration of events from a loving God.
I saw that in the way He inspired a love of music in my heart at a young age and provided, through poverty, just the right vehicle to bring that part of my story to life. I see now that there was a reason I chose to play an instrument that we could not afford, but that was always available for free as it was a rare and much needed voice in the ensemble. I see now how that choice ultimately paved the way for me to attain a college education in a private, christian college.
I see how he used the unique attributes of our firstborn son to prepare me to advocate for the children coming our way that I wasn’t even looking for. By giving us a child who didn’t “fit the mold”, he was stretching me so that I would always see each of our children as unique and would search to meet each of them where they were without trying to parent or educate them all the same.
So, what if you aren’t writing your life story down for all the world to see? How can you remember? How can remembering become a part of our daily lives?
I’ve heard lots of neat ideas from friends about ways in which they’ve kept the work of the Lord near and within view.
One friend has all the children write down answers to prayer and place it in a mason jar throughout the year. Then, on New Year’s Day, the family pulls them out one by one to remember the way God has been faithful to them during that year. I think journaling would also serve this same purpose and be a neat tradition to start and I love how this friend involves her children in the practice of remembering.
When I was working at Lifeline, we created what we called the Ebenezer Wall and anytime we saw God move in a significant way, we would capture that miracle or answer to prayer on a notecard and place it on the wall. Periodically, we’d pass the cards around during staff prayer time and remember together the ways that God was moving and blessing the ministry and bringing glory to Himself.
There is something very powerful and invigorating about being still and focusing on His hand in our lives. Whether your “ministry work” is mothering your children, supporting a non-profit, volunteering at church or showing Christ in a secular work environment, being reminded of His past faithfulness has a way of spurring you on with increased energy for whatever may lie ahead.
I supposed it will come as no surprise that, as a writer, I believe in the importance of capturing life’s adventures, especially the God adventures, so that future generations can have them as their own Ebenezer stone of remembrance. Everyone who follows after Christ can testify to the miraculous. If you are a parent, take the time to remember. Do it for your kids. Do it for yourself. We all need to remember.