Turning the pages of photo albums can been such fun, as a lot of happy memories flood over you.
One study claims that caffeine will enhance our memory. And as you get older, that is a real plus, believe me! But, I find that if I drink too much of the stuff just before bedtime, it keeps me awake as well.
Memories are amazing things. My Pastor has trained himself in memorizing names. We have a large church, with over 2000 plus, yet, Pastor Dave remembers each of our names. How he does it is beyond me.
The ability to remember is an essential, and an amazing gift from GOD. Although most of us have not learned the key to remember names as my pastor does, simple memories are indispensable as they play a big part of our lives, for the basic functions of life such as eating, or walking are done though unconscious memory.
Sometimes memories warn us. When my son was tiny we lived in a little trailer where the front room was open to the kitchen. John loved his walker, and would jet all over in it as fast as he could. One day, I was baking cookies so warned him over and over to stay away from the stove. But, when I turned away for a moment, he made a beeline for the stove with his hand outstretched. As his finger touched the front of the stove, before I could get to him, a blood curdling scream came out of his little mouth. His little finger tip was red. His finger healed, but, the memory of touching that hot stove stayed with him. He kept his distance from the stove.
Now he could have been saved a whole lot of pain, had he only listened to his mom. Just like if only we would listen, to GOD’s word, or learn from the mistakes of others we’d save ourselves a lot of pain. Too often however, we just don’t think the warnings are valid when it comes to us. GOD tells us that the episodes in the Bible were written down so we could remember them, and be warned by the mistakes of others (I Corinthians 6-11).
Still other times, memories strengthen us. I was burdened focusing on a tremendous problem that I had absolutely no control over, but which touches a loved one. I felt heavy as I went to prayer, a verse popped into my mind, probably it was the Holy SPIRIT reminding me- for one of HIS functions in believers is to remind them of GOD’s word (John 14:26). That verse I remembered was that the prayers of a righteous man are powerful and effective (James 5:16). I cried out to GOD, ”But, LORD, I am not righteous.” GOD’s answer was immediate, as HE reminded me through another verse that because I believe in JESUS, I have the righteousness of GOD (Romans 3:21-22). That reminder gave me the confidence to run boldly toward HIM, and to lay the problem at HIS feet.
I then opened my Bible, and began reading. “you may say to yourself that these nations (your problems) are stronger than you are. But do not be afraid of them; REMEMBER well what the LORD you GOD did to Pharaoh and to all of Egypt…” and then the scripture promised that HE would do the same for me (Deuteronomy 7:17-22). I am to remember that the LORD my GOD, who is with me, is a great and awesome GOD who took over a million defeated slaves out of the grasp of a cruel and powerful ruler with a mighty army, destroying the enemy’s troops in the process.
Personally, I am so thankful that I have been given (along with every believer in JESUS CHRIST) ONE to remind me of what I need to remember. But 1st I need to read it so I can be reminded of it..
Looking unto and for JESUS, the Author and Perfecter of my faith.