Do you ever feel like you keep hearing the same message from completely different sources? It’s almost like a weird deja vu. My friend Phoebe calls them Sacred Echos. Well, I’ve had one the past few days. You see, at Church we’ve been going through a series in Exodus, following the story of Moses. And usually when God does something completely miraculous, He asks the Israelites to remember and preserve the memory for posterity. Sometimes it’s with a physical sign, like stones, and sometimes He just tells them to remember that He’s the LORD. And as I read, it seems obvious that they should remember. Like duh, you’re not likely going to forget the Red Sea literally splitting in half for you to walk through.
And yet…do I remember all the miracles I’ve seen in my own life? Do I remember all the times God has come through and unexpectedly answered my prayers? Do I remember the times I’ve felt His presence so deeply, I know without a doubt He’s there? How easily I forget. How easily I fall into discouragement, despair, frustration, confusion, or doubt.
Today, I heard a similar message on one of my favorite podcasts. She encouraged me to remember what God has done for me. To make the reminder visible, symbolic, near to me. Just as the Israelites had physical reminders of God everywhere in their home and on their person, so I too can make physical signs. I can remind myself that God is there, has always been there, and will always be there. Always. Nothing else in my life is constant except the presence, love, and acceptance of the Lord. And He always comes through.
He came through when I survived what should have been a fatal car accident with barely a scratch on me. He came through when I had blood clots, 3 procedures, and 1 major surgery in the span of 6 months. He came through when I struggled to survive my first year of teaching. He came through in providing me with the most loving, incredible partner.
And He’ll continue to come through. For me…and for you. He’s relentless in His pursuit and He won’t relent until He has us completely. Until we realize our utter and complete dependence upon Him. Our dependence brings us freedom and joy. He wants to be near us. He wants to take our yoke in exchange for His. His is much lighter and much more bearable. Because His Son has already done all of the work for us. For eternity.
So remember Him.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30
“I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.” Psalm 77:11
“The Lord is my strength and my defense;
he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a warrior;
the Lord is his name.
Pharaoh’s chariots and his army
he has hurled into the sea.
The best of Pharaoh’s officers
are drowned in the Red Sea.[b]
The deep waters have covered them;
they sank to the depths like a stone.
Your right hand, Lord,
was majestic in power.
Your right hand, Lord,
shattered the enemy.” -Exodus 15:2-6