“But then I recall all you have done, O Lord; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago” — Psalm 77:11 (NLT).
“Do you remember when we were arguing over who had the most frogs in their jar and accidentally let them loose in Mom’s car?”
I laughed as my sister and I recalled some of our childhood antics. The frog story was funny, even though our mother didn’t think so. The escaped frogs hopped across the floorboard and over her feet as she drove. And yes, we did get in trouble.
We all have memories. Some elicit laughter. Others bring tears. However, it’s nice to recall the past, especially with someone who was present when they occurred.
After the Israelites crossed the Jordan River, the Lord told Joshua to choose 12 men, one from each tribe, to take 12 stones from the Jordan where the priests were standing. They were to place them in a pile as a memorial at their campsite that night. Gathering another 12 stones, Joshua piled them in the Jordan where the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant were standing.
Later, Joshua tells the Israelites, “In the future your children will ask, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the river right before your eyes, and He kept it dry until you were all across...” (Joshua 4:21-23).
As Christ followers, we must never forget what He has done for us, including His sacrifice on the cross. I enjoy sharing what I call my “God moments” with others. It’s my testimony to His faithfulness.
Psalm 105:5 tells us to remember the wonders God has done—His miracles and the judgements He pronounced. God is the essence of goodness, mercy and love. But sometimes, we forget what He has done for us.
A JollyNotes.com article offers the following five ways to remember what God has done for us:
1. Think about what God has done. Remember to count your blessings (Samuel 12:24, Psalm 105:1-5)
2. Thank God for what He has done. “When we take time to thank God for what He has done, the event becomes even more real to us and becomes more stuck in our brains.” We also release more blessings for ourselves and for others too.
3. Write down what God has done. “It’s helpful to write down significant events as they happen and as we remember, so we can recall them later.” Has God answered a prayer? Did you witness a miracle in your life or in the life of a loved one? Write it down so you don’t forget.
4. Tell others what God has done. Luke 8:39 says, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.”
5. Create something to help you remember what God has done in the past.
“Memorials, personal or family traditions and other inspiring reminders are very helpful ways to help us recall what God has done for us in the past.”
We must never forget.
Carol Round is a transplanted Okie, originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, who now resides in Grove. In addition to writing a weekly faith-based column, “A Matter of Faith,” Round spends time with her grandchildren, shooting photos, hiking, working in her yard, reading and studying the Word, volunteering at her church and going on mission trips. For more information, or to contact Round, persons interested may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.