[random notes: remembering]

[random notes: remembering]

This blog post has been inspired by Dusty Rayburn’s post “Remembering the Miracles.” Click here to check it out.

I started writing a comment on Dusty’s blog and taken 5 years back in time. My first blog… The thing that helped me on so many levels.

One of the reasons was to just to be cool. Yeah, I like technology and like being ahead. Not saying that I am by far a professional, but this is what I like.

Another reason was to have the blog as Pensieve. Those who have read Harry Potter are familiar with that term – it was a bowl that Albus Dumbledore had where he kept his memories. It allowed him to “record” a memory which you could then physically re-visit afterwards and experience everything anew.

Human memory isn’t perfect. We tend to forget the lessons we have learned, the great times that we had, or the trials we have lived through.

Some might counter me by saying “some parts of life are better forgotten.”

REALLY?

A quote I have read from the book I finished yesterday…

[The missionary] told me that my past was not something God wanted to amputate. He wanted to cast a new light on it so that my life could have a new meaning. He wanted to restore it so it would become useful to Him and to others. If I tried to deny that shadow in my life, the truth of it would be useful to no one.

KISS by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy

I choose to remember it all. Good times as well as the bad ones.

He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.

2 Corinthians 1:4-5, the Message

Something I usually wish people… “Lots of sunshine in your life and just a tad of rain to enjoy the Sun coming back.”

Do you think some memories are better to be forgotten?

  • I think that our heart can be so wounded, that it wishes it could forget, but it can not. For some, this desire is so strong that they develop some method of disassociation to help "forget", but the truth is that even then, there is part of them that still remembers.

    So, then – what do we do about these hurtful memories? Embrace them. Crazy as it sounds, we should – but the only way we can do that is to do just as Dekker says – to re-frame them in terms of God's graceful redemption of our past.

    Good stuff Z.

    • Embrace them – yep. it does sound crazy, but i agree completely (i never said i wasn't crazy))))…

      makes me think of the Dune and Muad Dib's phrase (well, he was still Paul Atreides back then…)

      "Fear is the mind killer. I will face my fear and it will pass through me and when it is gone there will be nothing only I will remain."

      in our case, God remains and we remain in Him. and hurts become truly memories that we can use to encourage others.

  • Thank you for referencing my post! I love the quote from Ted Dekker's book. It has been a truth of my life.

    When I was fleeing from God in my late teens, I fled right into trouble…addictions (more than one), sex, lies, etc… In my flight I created a hell on earth for myself. God rescued me from that. Today as I walk with Him, my past enables me to serve in the present to minister to people in similar circumstances. I am not proud of what I did or how I lived, but God has used even that for His glory.
    My recent post Remembering the Miracles

    • you're welcome, Dusty. that was a great post indeed.

      Dekker's great. there are often times when i am tempted to underline half a page because it just…. his writing, his words, his style… so totally reaches me. his Martyr's Song series is one of the best series ever that i have read… that and of course Black / Red / White…. made me take a second look at what i believe, why i believe, and how i believe.

  • i suppose there are lots of things i'd like to forget. but the pain of those events serve to remind me of the beauty of my position in Christ today. i stand in grace, yet am witness to all that was me when i fled from the hands of God.

    if i could keep the pain of that which i've endured, without remembering specific events and details, i would. but i don't feel this is an option. so i'll hold on to all of it, and be all the more thankful for what God has done, and is doing, in my life.

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