Why memory matters

Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me.— Isaiah 46:9

An older gentleman walked into his first appointment with his new doctor who was fresh out of medical school. The two greeted one another and the doctor began asking the man about his health.

“Are there any medications you’re currently taking?” asked the young doctor.

“Yes, doctor,” the man replied, “there’s a medication I’m taking for memory loss. But I can’t recall the name of it. Maybe you can help me. What’s the name of that really pretty flower?”

“Daisy? Tulip?” the doctor answered.

“No,” replied the man, “I think it starts with the letter r.”

The doctor thought for a moment. “A rose?”

“That’s it!” replied the man. “Okay, let me call my wife.” Then he took out his phone, tapped the screen a few times, and held it up to his ear.

A moment later, he began talking to someone on the other side of the line. “Rose, honey, what’s the name of that medication I’m taking to help my memory?”

Memory is a precious thing, isn’t it? Our memories shape the way we see ourselves, others, and the whole world around us. But most importantly, they shape the way we see God. When we look back on our lives, we’re to remember His faithfulness in times of distress. And it’s that memory that gives us assurance He will continue to be faithful.

Don’t forget God’s goodness to you. Set up reminders in your life of how He’s come through before. Then when troubles come, you’ll be encouraged that He’ll come through again!

Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would bring to mind His past goodness in your life – and that those moments would build your faith for when hard times hit.

Questions for thought

Think of a time in your life when God really came through for you. How did it make you feel?

How does that memory of God’s goodness encourage you today?