I sometimes forget. More than I care to remember.
I’d like to blame it on being ‘a-certain-age’, or at least, hormonal issues. Can you relate?
My forgetfulness has certain tendencies – patterns. Things like, I forget to:
• To floss
• To make that yearly doctor’s appointment
• To send the birthday card I already bought (can I get partial credit?)
• Where I put my car keys
• To buy milk (don’t ask me to explain how I regularly go into the grocery store to buy milk, and come out $100 of groceries later with everything – except milk!)
My forgetfulness has a strong procrastination bent. What I don’t like to do – I forget to do more frequently.
I’ve seen similar forgetfulness patterns in my girls, whose forgetfulness, like mine, tends to follow certain patterns.
Like – forgetting to clean their bedrooms, not returning the sport team’s uniform, or the library book (which I sort of get, as it is hiding under the bed with a year’s worth of dust bunnies).
Sometimes, we humans….we forget!
I found recently, there are numerous Bible passages on forgetfulness. Also, the #1 complaint God brings against mankind (that’s us!) is –
My husband and I are both somewhat quiet individuals. We both have had the experience of sharing an idea (a brilliant one, of course) in our work settings, but not getting credit for the idea, as it was hijacked by a someone who was a bit louder, perhaps with a stronger personality.
God, too, is often not given the credit He deserves.
Sometimes we can find ourselves taking credit for a blessing in our lives. We can pat ourselves on the back, and congratulate ourselves for our hard work, our good choice, or our good luck.
All the while, ignoring – forgetting – God’s blessings, God’s gifts, God’s hand in our lives.
Reading Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts Devotional”, I read a quote (Mark Buchanan “The Holy Wild”) –
“All the wickedness in the world begins with an act of forgetting.”
Is the heart of our sin natures the refusal to give thanks – refusing to acknowledge God – give Him the credit for His hand in our lives?
As you know, the Old Testament is, basically, a long story about the Israelites, God’s ‘peeps’, and their forgetting God – over and over.
God’s response: ‘Come home. Return. Remember.’
Several Bible phrases as of late, have caught my attention, verses where God tries to remind us, His people, of His care for us. Two particular phrases that grab me are:
“It was I” and “I am He”.
God, attempting to show His work, His hand of blessing – to get the credit He deserves!
“It was I
who taught Ephraim to walk…,
It was I
But they did not realize who healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness,
With ties of love…
And I bent down to feed them.” Hosea 11:3,4
“I am He.”
“Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am He. I am He
who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you…” Isaiah 46:4
It was I. I am He. Remember…
God reminds them over and over of their story, their relationship, of His care and compassion for them. He stands at the window of their hearts and sings a love song, calling them back.
It is like a wake-up call – ‘Hello. I’m over here. I did that. It is I. I am the Lord. I am He. I have not forgotten you. Why have you forgotten me? I will take you back. Come home.’
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“Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me.
Bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, oh my soul,
And forget not all His benefits.”
**Oh Lord, Forgive us for our wayward hearts, our tendency to forget to give you the awe, the wonder, the credit You deserve. Today, we acknowledge You are the True Blessing Giver. We give you thanks for all your benefits!