Brandie J. Muncaster: Remember the Good
It was a blustery winter day. A priority mail package, with a time-sensitive sticker, lay at my door.
I eyed it suspiciously, noticing it had come from the city of Redlands, where I grew up. Finally, I opened it, and the fragrance of Redlands famous fresh oranges wafted to my nose.
Inside, a note read:
Bert’s simple act of kindness ministered to my heart. The memories I’d held onto from Redlands were sad ones. This is not to say no good memories were made in that place; I just hadn’t held much space for them. I’d allowed the bad memories to overpower the good memories.
God had been nudging me to remember the good memories I had of the city where I grew up, so when I received the oranges, this felt like an invitation from God to let Him start pouring His warm liquid sunshine over the cold, wintery memories I still held in my heart.
Remembering what God has done for us throughout our life is essential. As humans, we are far more ready to remember the bad, sad things that have happened in our lives. But we are supposed to remember the good. Psalm 77:11-15 ESV says, “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your might among the peoples. You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph.” When we keep the memories of God’s work in our lives alive, the bad memories don’t claim us. Instead, our faith becomes strong, our love and gratitude for His involvement in our lives flourish, and our devotion to Him becomes unwavering.
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your might among the peoples. You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph.~Psalm 77:11-15 ESV
Friend, is God sending you a similar priority mail invitation with a time-sensitive label sticker on it? Is He sending you an invitation to let Him pour His warm liquid sunshine over some cold, wintery memories that have taken too much space in your soul? Is this His invitation not to forget the bad memories, but to make more space in your heart for the good ones? I encourage you today to pay attention to the extravagant, extraordinary kindness God puts on display in your life. Let Him to do a redemptive work in your heart so He can bring healing to the broken places of your soul.
Are you permitting God to work redemption in the broken areas of your soul?
Lord God, Help me to remember You have always been available for me, and You’ve helped me to make good memories amongst the bad. I ask that as You work redemption in my soul, You will create in me a strong, flourishing faith, and gratitude for who You are.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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