We are forgetful beings. We forget loved one’s birthdays, where we put our keys, even memories go hazy around the edges, details lost to time.
And sometimes we don’t even remember we forgot. That might sound weird, but its likely someone will eventually mention the birthday party you missed and you won’t forget the existence of your keys when you go to leave the house. You’ll eventually be reminded of the forgetfulness, but that might not always be the case.
I was reading my Bible a few weeks ago when I noticed a note at the bottom of the page, in my own handwriting. It read: 2/5/2022 I asked for peace and lost grip on my Bible–it flipped to this page and I read Psalm 29. He gives peace.”
Psalm 29:10-11 says “The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned, King forever. The Lord gives his people strength, the Lord blesses his people with peace.”
This wasn’t that long ago, hardly a year, and I had no memory of this happening. God answered my prayer right there in that moment, giving me exactly what I asked for, and still it didn’t even last in my memory for a year. If I hadn’t written it down, I might have never remembered.
This made me wonder, how many answered prayers have I already forgotten? How often have I witnessed miracles and, because I didn’t write them down–or haven’t reread journal entries–I have no active memory of them?
This is not the only example of God’s immediate answer to prayers. The very same day I found this note in my Bible I had prayed for something and within 5 minutes that prayer was answered. I did write it down, but how long will it be until it’s just that: ink on a page of a journal?
We tend to remember the big blessings: the job promotion, recovering from an illness, the dream home, a new addition to the family. Yet the little moments can be the sweetest. It shows that God is always listening. He’s not just tuning in for the big asks, but those little moments too. He knows we might forget these blessings, but He never forgets us.
Pslam 77:11-12 says “I will remember the Lord’s works; yes, I will remember your ancient wonders. I will reflect on all you have done and meditate on your actions.”
Meditate and remember these blessings. Write down answered prayers, thank Him for them, and thank Him for all the prayers He is still working on.
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