It is important to the Lord.
So far, in my reading through the Bible program, I have completed The Law and The History books.
I was curious how many times the Lord asks us to remember....
I used a word search feature on my Olive Tree Bible app.
51 times (and, there are possibly more depending upon the context)!
He wants us to remember Him...His wondrous deeds...His acts of love toward us...His rescue...His salvation...His covenant.
Not only are we to rest on Sabbath, but we are to remember the Lord our God who has "brought us out...and into His new Kingdom..."
This strikes me, probably more in these days, as many of us are quarantined in somewhat of a "forced Sabbath..."
What a great time to celebrate with remembrance in our family circles all the Lord has done on our behalf. It's a pretty great thing to do during this Lenten Season, as well.
(By the way, I recently wrote a blog on the joy of my own "forced Sabbath" several weeks back - you can link that blog post here.)
With this introduction, I read a quote that fits where I'm headed in this blog:
"Memory is a net..."
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
I thought of this quote again, as Bay and I were watching The Chosen (if you haven't started it, oh, do! It's free on YouTube or VidAngel. Here's another link to the first episode).
Whether good or bad, those who are compelled to write, practice writing.
I sat down, pulled out a piece of paper, and at the top wrote these words, "I remember..."
An odd memory popped into my head, so I just went with it.
Bay and I hadn't been back from Kenya long, when a dear friend, a mentor, a co-worker in youth ministry, a Bible Study leader in our church, a woman of great faith, passed away of cancer.
For years, she had led a women's bible study in her home, comprised of women from all over the community.
When she passed, several of the ladies came and asked if I would pray about stepping in as their new "teacher."
I prayed, and God seemed to give the nod.
My thought: What am I doing? I can never be her...Who am I to take her place?
No, I couldn't replace her (and I truly wasn't a wanna-be), but I had felt "called by God" to this task.
In fact, at one moment in my praying and seeking direction, the Lord reminded me of a moment on the night of November 24, 1970.
I was on my knees, digging under my bed, looking for a Bible.
Earlier that night, I had given my life to Jesus, and was incredibly CHANGED in the instant of a mere prayer!
As I scrounged through the junk stuffed underneath, I prayed another prayer, which I clearly remember (I had no idea how dangerous this prayer was):
"Lord, if you can ever use me in the life of other women to know You, could You use me?"
I've said it many times, oh, if only I had known how He would answer down the road, I'd have climbed under the bed!
That prayer from my lips came from God's heart through me to be another memory in my net that, YES(!), He definitely had plans...
All I knew in that moment, as I stood before a dear group of gals (many much more seasoned-in-Christ than I), is that I was there as the Lord's servant.
All I wanted to do was share Jesus and do life with these women.
While it was important that the Lord affirm my calling, the women affirmed me, as well.
They became my greatest cheerleaders.
They gave me a platform to practice, a training-ground to grow in researching and speaking...
They were my instructors, much more so than I ever taught them.
Because they were, I do what I do today...
Still, at times, insecure, unqualified, bankrupt, but TRUSTING.
1) I'm reminded I am still called. In this new season of "coronatine," where events are being cancelled, and I am quarantined at home, there is still a venue open to me. As much as I fear that venue (cameras and technology are big fear-triggers), I can learn to adapt (even if I am an old-dog-learning-new-tricks). It's time to move out of my comfort zone once again, and #bebrave. So, be watching for what this might look like for me. You get the role of being my new "cheerleaders" and "instructors," if you are open...
2) AND, I challenge you to pull out your "net," and examine it for your special memories of how the Lord has moved in your world, exploded into your ordinary, and become hope-sharers to your family and to others through the tools of social media, and through encouraging notes (snail main, email, text-messaging....)