Remember When…?

Who doesn’t love to reminisce, thinking about the “good ol’ days”? I know our kids enjoy hearing about our childhood. Just the other night, they were begging Grandpa to tell more stories (garbage truck, his kids, him as a kid). It reminds me that although we have our own stories, we’re not that different from each other.

We all have times when we were foolish, put ourselves in harm’s way, and had been protected and “survived”. We may even have the scars to prove it.

Have you heard the expression “hindsight is 20/20”? We think we can see the past perfectly, almost. In the moment, it can seem all is lost. But later on, we can see that the Lord had His hand in it.

Recently there have been many difficult situations that can cause us to worry and not trust. Cause us to yearn for simpler times, better times, earlier times. I was reminded of this as I heard a song the other day. Here’s the chorus to a song by Chris Rice, “8th Grade“:

Why does the past always seem safer?
Maybe because at least we know we made it
And why do we worry about the future?
When every day will come just the way the Lord ordained it

God was in it. God is in it. David remembered that too.

“I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear. I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done. I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.” Psalm 143:4–6 NLT

Reach to God. Rest in Him. Then at a later time, you’ll be able to once again “remember when” and recount how God was in it, again.

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How Long?

“Are we there yet?” — The mantra of the summer road trip.

I know I’m guilty of showing my impatience. Wishing the time away for that special moment I’ve been waiting for. But what have I missed? What has passed me by while looking so far ahead?

I’m sure you’ve also heard this motto: “Life’s a journey, not a destination”. Yes, but how do you deal with the potholes and detours and “check engine” light?

Psalm 13 speaks of another kind of waiting, longing. Four times in the first two verses Davids asks, “How long?” Pleading for God’s help. Agonizing over what seems to be abandonment. Then it’s amazing how quickly David gets to verse 5: “But…” He quickly turns to trust, rejoice, and have hope.

He knows his God will answer. He is loved by God with an everlasting love. You are loved. Our soul needs to know we are loved. Matthew Henry says it so well:

“Nothing is more killing to a soul than the want of God’s favor; nothing more reviving than the return of it.”

To be heard by God, and answered, is (should be) very humbling. The creator of all that is, listens. To me, to you. What a cause for great rejoicing! But for how long? The well-known band U2 recorded a song 40, which is loosely based on the following verses:

“I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.” Psalms 40:1–3 NLT

The end of the song repeats the question “how long, to sing this song?” Yes, how long?

“I will sing of the LORD’s unfailing love forever! Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.” Psalms 89:1 NLT

Where is your hope?

David trusted/loved/feared/honored/remembered/worshiped God. But I’m sure there must’ve been times, when being chased and hunted by Saul, that he thought, “OK, I’ve had enough. You win. I give up.” There were even times when David had the chance to “end” all the chasing and hunting. But He would not harm the Lord’s anointed one. He would wait. Continue reading