Remind Me, Dear Lord
Remind Me Dear LordI’m in my cozy chair. I’m a little dozy. I take off my glasses, shut my eyes, and a few minutes later, I’m awakened by this old song in my mind: “Roll back the curtains of memories now and then. Show me where You’ve brought me from and where I could have been. Remember, I’m human and humans forget. So, remind me. Remind me, dear Lord!””
I was giving a talk a few days ago which included many times of the faithfulness of God in my life. I told the ladies about the tough times my husband and I had early on in our marriage. Two “young sprouts” we were at 17 and 18 and getting married. That should have been the first clue that the future might be bright – but it was on course for some ups and downs – most of all because we were such novices at the “game of life”. Three months in, he declares: “I’m ready for us to start our family!” And, bada-bing-bada-boom – nine months later our baby boy was born and 2-1/2 years later our baby girl was born. Both children had serious illnesses and both children survived and thrived. Thanks be to God!
We had all kinds of financial woes but we also had times of plenty. At the time, it seemed that the storms of life were enough to cause us to cave – but we stayed the course. So here I am these many years later, sitting in my cozy chair and I tear up as that old song comes back to me. “Roll back the curtains of memories now and then. Show me where you’ve brought me from and where I could have been!” BUT, God! Our Anchor and Stabilizer is what brought us through. How well I remember those tough-times and God-carrying-us-through-times memories.
I remember the “I’m going home to my mama” times and my mama’s times — “No, you’re not coming home” times. “Donna, you two love each other and you can work it out.” So, we did work it out. We always came back to our Center. We remembered our vows, our commitment and we worked it out through the laughter and the tears of growing up and being BIG KIDS now! But it could have all been so much worse. We could have gone our separate ways. We could have given up and thrown in the towel. We could have lost our faith and trust in God. We could have fallen and never gotten up again. Oh, but the amazing grace of God. God reminded me to look back and remember how much we learned in the worst of times — that carried us through. God is with us through it all.
I can’t say it better than the chorus of another old song that I recall as I’m typing this. “He’ll do it again. He’ll do it again. Just take a look at where you are now and where you have been. Hasn’t He always come through for you? He’s the same now as then. You may not know how. You may not know when. But, He’ll do it again!”
Maybe you should roll back the curtains of your memories and recall the faithfulness of God, too. I’m sure you’ll find how far you’ve come, too!
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)