1 Chronicles 16:12 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
Raising 4 sons is an adventure to say the least. (We are now getting our daughters the easy way.) One of the guiding principles of our family life has been to build memories. We did things together and in such a way that the activity or experience became a lasting memory. I record special things in my journals, but Donna and I recall them and we talk about them when we are together as a family.
This is particularly important when it comes to our life with our Lord. It is too easy for special experiences with the Lord to become kind of lost in the business of life. The Lord, through Moses, warned the children of Israel many times about this,
“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” (Deuteronomy 4:9)
Such memories sustain and build our faith – and the faith of others. Our human tendency is to forget the memories, and to also forget the Lord who produced them. Yesterday’s devotional about Donna’s encounter with the Lord as her Father was such a memory.
When we were living in Franklin, TN, our pastor Steve Fry, did a series on keys to healing – in our lives, our relationships and our world. We were able to share with him about this experience where God healed the wounds in Donna due to the relationship with her earthly father. Donna became teary talking about this powerful experience with God making Himself known to her as her father. Then she made a statement about this experience that I had forgotten. She said, “This was the first time in my life where I felt like I was a daughter!”
While there is pain in what she lived through, it is so overshadowed by the wonder of who God is and what He did. He settled within her the issue that she was His daughter; and that He was her Father! This memory brought forth such a well-spring of gratitude and joy and wonder and passion. Not just for what God did – but more importantly for who He is and who He considers us to be.
How good and important it is to remember the wonders and miracles He has done!