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?)
• 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. It seems it is God’s #1 complaint against us –
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.
“All the wickedness in the world begins with an act of forgetting.”
– Mark Buchanan ‘The Holy Wild’
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?
This message is especially meaningful as we consider Thanksgiving – are we giving thanks, and if so, to whom are we giving the credit?
It was I. Remember…
God reminds us over and over of our story, of His care and compassion for us. He stands at the window of our hearts and sings a love song, calling us back.
“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
There will be many things we forget in life.
“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!