Every year I set out a beautiful antique pair of skates that my grandma Dubbeld gave me for Christmas. She cleaned them up, put some stockings in them and added some Christmas décor to them. They are darling. Well last year I got all my décor out including an old suitcase that I had painted a snowman on but I couldn’t remember where I put my skates. It was so sad. I looked everywhere but went through the whole season without them. When the “after Christmas blues” came around, I began putting everything away and opened the snowman suitcase to see if I could store anything in it and what did I find? MY CHRISTMAS SKATES!! If I had only remembered to look in there at the beginning of the season, right? Is it possible that we forget the things in life or even the people that bring us the most joy?
I want to take you to Jonah chapter 2 verse 7. I was writing last night in my prayer journal and accidentally knocked my Bible off of the couch and it opened to this. I thought I would just see where it was and read a little and boy am I glad I did!
“When my soul fainted within me; I remembered the Lord”
Your probably thinking “that’s it? seriously!?” Hold on, God showed me something in those 10 words. Now recall we are in the book of Jonah and this is the moment where he realized the desperation that was closing in around him.
I got to this verse and it was like God slipped in beside me and I realized that even when we haven’t remembered Him, He always remembered us. He forgets the pain and hurt that we have caused Him but He remembers us, His children. He has, is, and will remember. Check out Micah 7:19. I especially love that verse in the New Living Translation.
Sometimes we wake up and realize we are totally off shore and can’t remember how we got there but we do remember who can help us get back to the shoreline. So we call upon the one who never for a second lost sight of us and He reels us back in. Back in to His safe loving arms. I want to abide in those arms forever. Who’s with me?