Just Forget About It
The older lady looked tired. Admittedly, she had experienced several painful events in her life — a “series of downfalls” as she put it. “I just want to forget about all of this and move forward,” she said. I understood where she was coming from. How many times haven’t I just wanted to act like something never happened and just move on. While many have tried to erase a painful event with the use of drugs or alcohol, it doesn’t work. You just can’t wipe away a memory stored in your brain just because it’s painful.
As it turned out, this mother and grandmother of six had been recently arrested for her third DUI. She wanted it to be her last. From what she said, it was clear that her children were getting tired of her behavior. I told her that while we cannot erase our past, God can help us face it head on, by admitting our failures and seeking his help to heal and move forward.
God isn’t one to encourage forgetting. As a matter of fact, from a brief study I did on the words “forget” and “remember,” I discovered that the word “remember” is in the Bible four times more than the word “forget.” What’s more, when the word “forget” is used, it is most often preceded by the words “do not.” God wants us to remember, and He especially wants us to remember how He has atoned for our sin through the death of His Son.
With God’s love and wisdom, let us not forget (1) how He has taken care of us every day of our past; (2) how He has given everything for us to be with Him someday in Heaven; (3) how our Good God sees and knows all that has happened and knows how to take care of it; and (4) how we are written on the palms of His hands and will never forget us.
In time, as we work through the things we’ve been running from, they will become less scary. We won’t feel the need to hide from them. With God’s help, we may even see His amazing plan for us. While we may feel at times that He has forgotten us, God has promised that He will never leave us or forsake us regardless of our history of “downfalls” and hurts.
We may then find that we have more energy to remember who we are as God’s creation. We will cherish who we are in Jesus and that God remembers our sin no more. With a focus of faith and moving forward, we will look ahead to even more awesome adventures with Jesus by our side.
Chaplain Sarah Guenther