Yesterday was a significant day. Yesterday was June 2nd. Yesterday was Kimberly McMichael’s birthday. Who is Kimberly McMichael?
I went to grade school with her thirty-some years ago.
November 3rd is Sandra Mentzer’s birthday. I always remember her birthday when November rolls around. I went to grade school with her too.
These are some of the bizarre things my brain remembers… birth dates of people I used to know but have not seen for years and years.
A couple years ago, on October 7th, I realized it was Sherri Crater’s birthday. I found her on Facebook and sent her a friend request and wished her a happy birthday. I also remember what day Nicole Zahm was born, April 13. I found her on Facebook several years ago and we reconnected. It wasn’t on her birthday. I can’t actually remember the date we reconnected… now that would be totally weird if I could. And, Zach Edinger was either born December 24 or 26. Sorry, Zach, (where ever you are) I can’t remember for sure. And it drives me nuts too.
I said it yesterday, but I find it fascinating the things we are capable of remembering. Sometimes it’s random bits of information. Sometimes it’s a memory dear to our heart, one that we never want to forget. Other times, it’s memories we would love to forget, a painful or traumatic experience or our greatest failures and mistakes.
We remember things. So it’s so hard for me comprehend a God who chooses not to. When we enter into a relationship with Him, He chooses to forget the bad and ugly parts of us and will never think of them again. Not only does He tell us that our sins in our past, present and future are forgiven but He then goes one more step and assures us that the memory of our ugliness won’t even occupy a small space in His brain.
This just boggles my mind. God loves us so much that He chooses not to hold any sort of grudge. He won’t come back at some point and say…well, yeah…but what about that one time you did…
Instead, He says… why would you continue to beat yourself up over something my Son already took care of? It’s finished. You are free to love Me with all your heart.
Love Me. Get to know Me. Spend time with Me.
I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake
and will never think of them again. (Isaiah 43:25 NLT)
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
(Psalm 103:12 NIV)