'I was twelve at the time,' recalls a woman in her forties, 'when...for the first time I spoke to God, knowing He was alive and listening. I asked Him if we could be best friends forever, and He said "Yes!" I often look back and remember that day, especially on "bad hair days" - those days when I'm confused, full of doubt, disappointed, fearful, lonely, anxious, hurting, full of self-loathing, or plain disillusioned with life.'
It's said that 'we're not slow learners, just quick forgetters.' In the Bible, when God separated the Jordan River for His people to walk through, He told them to build a statue of stones there so that they would always remember the miracle He'd done for them. It was a physical object, anchoring God's trustworthiness in a constant presence. It was to help them call God's goodness to mind. Just like the lady in today's story has done, and just like God's people did, it's important for you to mark out some key moments when you knew God was there for you.
So what now? Obviously it doesn't have to be a tower of stones, but what can you create to remind yourself of times God was there for you? A journal of collected prayers? Post-it notes of things God has done? It's up to you, but the important thing is to remember to remember...so that we don't forget in the dark what God has done for us in the light.
SoulFood: Is 8-11, John 9:24-41, Ps 99, Pr 25:26-28
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by RBG New Zealand. 2011 UCB International Ltd