Remember.

Fall Break, 2005

It’s been seven years since I graduated college, but whenever my college friends and I get together, one of the things we still enjoy doing is remembering–we tell our favorite stories, re-quote the most hilarious things we ever said, and recall the most random and ridiculous crushes we had through the years (let’s just say there were quite a few).  We’ve now known each other much longer outside of college than we ever did in college, but it’s still SO much fun to remember.  Year after year, we re-tell the same stories over and over again, loving every minute.

It’s so good and so much fun to remember.

Our little family of three spent last week in Virginia Beach and one of the many perks of staying at my parents’ house (in addition to fabulous coffee, extra baby holders, being near the water, and a great loop for power walking) is going to their church.  Yesterday, their minister gave a great sermon on Psalm 42 and 43.  I confess, I was standing in the back rocking Little B to sleep so I didn’t catch everything, but there was one thing I remember

He talked about how in these Psalms you see that Psalmist is clearly struggling saying things like, “my tears have been my food day and night…”  But one of the things he pointed out that the Psalmist does is remember.

My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you…”

In life, there is no guarantee that everything will go just as we plan or desire.  In fact, as we’ve talked about before, Jesus pretty much guarantees that we will have trouble.  So what’s a girl to do?  Remember the goodness of the Lord.  Remember the ways that He has carried you during the hard times in your life and trust and believe that He will continue to do so.  

Looking back on the past ten years, there are so many instances–big and small–where I can look back and remember the times when God has been so near to me and so faithful to fulfill his promises.  
When I arrived at college, not sure if I would ever find any friends who totally got me…God was close to me in my loneliness and eventually brought me the most incredible group of girlfriends.

When a relationship I had invested way too much time and emotional energy into ended and my heart was broken…God held me, rocked me, and little by little put the pieces back together.  

When my “dream job” came to a crashing halt and I had to let it go…God put a new job opportunity in my path and gave me a new professional passion–one that I really didn’t even know existed.

And as B and I have prayed together throughout our five years of marriage over things like moving, jobs, grad school, and babies, God has always been so faithful to lead us right where we need to be at the perfect time.  

It’s good to remember the good things God has done, especially where you’re in a tougher spot, because it reminds you that God has not and will not leave you.  If you feel stuck in the pit, just hang on…God hears you and He’s not going to leave you down there forever!

At the end of church yesterday, we sang one of my current favorite songs called “Never” Once by Matt Redman.  The chorus sings,

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Don’t you love that?  Never once have we ever walked alone.

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Yet this I call to mind
    and therefore I have hope:
 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.
Lamentations 3:21-24

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