Last night as I prepared for bed I remembered that today on my lunch break I needed to buy my son some new shoes. I discovered over the weekend that the right heel on his sneakers is starting to come apart. Not wanting to go all the way back downstairs to write myself a reminder note, I yelled downstairs to my husband asking him to place a note on the kitchen counter for me.

This morning I came down stairs to make the coffee. I saw this piece of paper on the counter and walked over to it.

Thank goodness for the reminder. In seven little hours, I had completely forgotten about telling my husband to write the note and had even forgotten my son needed shoes.

For some reason, my husband’s note reminded me of all my recent reading of the Israelites journey out of Egypt.  They were a forgetful people and seemed incapable of  consistently walking with the Lord.

I often read through the accounts of their journey with God and wonder how in the world they could be so forgetful. How could they walk away from God and the path he wanted them on over and over?.  And yet, all it took was me going to sleep for a few hours and I couldn’t even remember that I needed to buy shoes today.

We forget things so easily, don’t we?

Big things and small things.

We forget all the times God parted the raging seas for us, led us out of danger, and guided us safely through to the other side.

We forget all the times God showered down His manna of comfort on us when we were starved for His strong arms to give us the nourishment we needed to make it another day.

We forget.

But God, because of His incredible love for us, is constantly pursuing us and constantly trying to remind us!

I want to keep the eyes of my heart open today.  I want to remember!


But then I recall all you have done, O Lord;
I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.
They are constantly in my thoughts.
I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.
Psalm 77: 11-12

Search for the Lord and for his strength;
continually seek him.
Remember the wonders he has performed,
his miracles, and the rulings he has given
Psalm 105: 4-5

I remember the days of old.
I ponder all your great works
and think about what you have done.
Psalm 143:5


3 thoughts on “Remember

  1. bill (cycleguy)

    I try to do something like this occasionally but need to do it more consistently. I am making a concerted effort to focus on Jesus this week. Hmmmm wonder why? Good thoughts Eileen.

  2. kelli

    This is a great point! We do look at this story and wonder how they could have possibly forgotten how God lead them by fire and night and parted a raging sea. But oh how we quickly we forget his grace in our lives as well. I pray that I will never forget the cross and what it signifies… salvation and forgiveness of sin:)


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