REMEMBERING by JW Kaiser
Have you ever noticed that you can recall some of the best sessions you’ve ever had in surfing at anytime? When I was a teenager, I actually kept a journal where I logged my sessions so I could remember them later. I stopped doing that after I realized the good sessions would stay in my memory with or without the journal entry. While sitting in class, or driving down a long highway, it is easy to get lost in thoughts of great sessions. You can almost smell the wax and neoprene. The reason why is because we remember what we love.
I love my family, my friends, certain songs, and some special surf sessions, and I’ll never forget them. We also remember the things that conflict and break our hearts. We remember our own sins, sometimes in great detail. We remember the sins that we have committed against others and we can recall in great detail the heartbreak and disappointment caused by others who sinned against us. I can just as easily recall the sins of my past as I can times of joyous surf sessions with my friends.
Do you ever wonder if God remembers our sins as well as we do? I’d say God can but he chooses not to. I think God chooses to not recall our sins because he loves something more. It’s us. His love for us occupies his every thought. His thoughts of you overpower his memory of our sins. He keeps no records of our sins and failures.
He doesn’t reflect on our painful sin; yet we do. We not only remember them, we hang onto them like we would a good memory. So how do we overcome that? Not so simply, we have to love something more. We have to remember what we love, and who we love. God loves us more than we love sin. We must learn to remember his great love for us that overcomes sin.
The writer of the book of Lamentations describes it so well…
“I remember my afflictions and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them and my soul is downcast within me. However, 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!”