I Just Remembered
Memory is a mystery. How can the brain that God created take facts and store them in organic material for us to recall? Are you not amazed daily by the fact that “you were fearfully and wonderfully made” as you see the created flesh and blood “earthly capsule” that you have been given function? That marvelous body and mind God gave us has abilities that would be considered miraculous if we were not so oblivious to what our brain does in an instant. Due to to their splendid performance frequently throughout a day, we fail to recognize the “wow” factor.
The human mind is truly miraculous to me! We may not always remember a face, place, or event without a little prompting. However, most of the time, we remember vividly. For example, when asked about your childhood, you can enter every room of your childhood home without any time spent to seek to resurrect that distant place now separated by so many years. When you think about experiences, and someone mentions “winning”, you immediately remember that victory you won, or that your team won in a sports event. When a person has asked you to do a favor for them, and you temporarily forget due to more pressing matters, a simple word in a casual conversation can trigger your memory of what you told that friend you would do for them.
It is our ability to remember that provides parents a zone in which they can create in a child the character qualities needed to make them successful in life. Very early, a child learns what is right, honest, kind, helpful, and Godly. That serves every child well as they grow to adulthood and live those qualities that make great citizens and parents in their generation.
Out of parental concern and a desire to teach our young son responsibility, we require him to phone home when he arrives at his friend’s house a few blocks away. He began to forget, however, as he grew more confident in his ability to get there without disaster befalling him. The first time he forgot, I called to be sure he had arrived. We told him the next time it happened; he would have to come home. A few days later, however, the telephone again lay silent, and I knew if he was going to learn, he would have to be punished. BUT I DID NOT WANT TO PUNISH HIM! I went to the telephone, regretting that his great time would be spoiled by his lack of contact with his father. As I dialed, I prayed for wisdom. “Treat him like I treat you,” the Lord seemed to say. With that, as the telephone rang one time, I hung up. A few seconds later the phone rang, and it was my son.
“I’m here, Dad!”
“What took you so long to call?” I asked.
“We started playing and I forgot. But Dad, I heard the phone ring once and I remembered.”
How often do we think of God as One who waits to punish us when we step out of line? I wonder how often he rings just once, hoping we will phone home. (Dennis Miller).
In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. (Titus 2:7-8).