Remembering the Past
The route from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Amarillo, Texas brought back a lot of memories for me. We lived in Texas and Oklahoma for a number of years. I put my faith in Christ while serving in the military during my time in San Antonio, Texas. We later moved to Dallas, after spending sometime living in Oklahoma City.
Memories are important. We remember loved ones who have passed away. We remember lessons learned and experiences. Those lessons and experiences protect us; consider the words of George Santayana, who said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” (The Life of Reason, 1905). In many ways our memories continue to form who we are.
The call to remember is significant in the Bible. God admonished Israel to “remember:”
- “Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm” (Deuteronomy 5:15).
- “But do not be afraid of them; remember well what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt” (Deuteronomy 7:18).
- “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today” (Deuteronomy 8:18).
As I traveled in some familiar territory there were a lot of memories. Most good, but all beneficial in helping me grow. My memories remind me of all that God has done in my life…even before I acknowledged him. By remembering what God did in the past, I learn to trust him in the future. Israel needed the same reminder. What do you remember?
Here’s the link. Enjoy the video, this time to the music of Michael Card, Third Day and Phillips