Today, I want to talk about remembering. Because, I believe a key pathology of our age is forgetfulness. That, due to the pace of our world, the speed of our world, the constant pressure to move on to the next thing and the next notification, we as a culture are in the habit of forgetfulness.
And, this can happen with friendships, in which people just slide off the radar and are gone. This can happen in the workplace, in which key decisions or culture just gets forgotten. But, most of all, I think this can happen with our relationship with God.
Because, while I won’t speak for you, what I know happens to me is that God will move in my life, do something important, or I’ll have an important encounter with Him, but then it doesn’t last. Not because the impact wasn’t there, and not because the encounter wasn’t real, but rather because I forget and move on to the next thing.
God might answer a prayer, after which I’m quick to move on to another area of my life in which I need God to show up.
The point is, the pace of our world pushes us to forget the activity of God. Please don’t miss this, because I think it’s true and damaging to our relationship with God.
The pace of our world pushes us to forget the activity of God.
This is why I think there is a beautiful practice in the Old Testament in which we read of people creating altars. We read this in Genesis with Abraham and with Jacob, as well as in a number of other places in the Bible. When God moves and does something significant, they mark that moment, that space, and that place with a marker, so that they don’t forget the movement of God.
And, I think that is a beautiful practice, and something we need to adopt. We need to create markers, symbols, ebenezers, or altars that remind us of what God has done for us.
A couple weekends ago, I talked about a tattoo I got in Israel. And, for me, this is what that tattoo is – a permanent reminder of the activity of God in my life. It’s a traditional cross that was marked on my arm from an over 500-year-old stamp that has marked thousands of other pilgrims too. I loved the fact that when I got it, it not only reminded me of what God has done for me, but that it has marked thousands of other people, reminding them of what God has done in their life.
The point being, what reminds you of what God is doing in your life? What marker, symbol, or permanent reminder do you have of God’s activity in your life? Because, we forget, so reminders are needed.
Now, of course, you don’t need to get a tattoo, or build a physical altar. You can plant a tree, hang a picture, write a note, or do anything more creative than that. My challenge is, the next time God moves in your life, do something physical, long-lasting, and obvious, so that you won’t forget His activity.
Because, our God is moving, so let’s never miss or forget that.