The other night, John and I were getting his clothes out for the next day. I pulled out a pair of shorts, and asked where the matching shirt was hiding. He said, “they cut it off after the golf cart wreck.” Ouch.
My first thought was some regret, some pain. I was hoping that it wouldn’t cause him to have any bad dreams, or be afraid. But why do we go to the negative so quickly on reminders? I should have remembered how far he has come, how blessed we have been with his recovery, how fortunate I am to have so many people care.
In the Bible, God sets up reminders so that we can remember what He has done. There are feasts that commemorate God’s working – see the Passover. There are physical memorials that are used to spur our memory of what God has done. There’s the Lord’s Supper that we use to remember Jesus' death and proclaim it until He comes again.
God knows we forget the good stuff sometimes. Anytime a memory creeps into your consciousness that causes fear or anxiety, try to find something good that came out of it. Then thank God for how far you’ve come.