Is there anyone else out there who needs to set at least two reminders for every calendar appointment on your phone? It’s like, if you could set five reminders, you would. Just me? I’ve never considered myself a terribly forgetful person, but after becoming a mom, my ability to forget both the insignificant and the more important details has for sure increased. Life is busy and fast-paced, and there is lots and lots of noise. It’s so easy to forget. We are painfully human.
“For He knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:14
Even with the very best intentions to remember, we can often forget the things that we need to remember most. Far more important that the mundane details of the day-to-day of our lives—the drop off and pick up times for our kids, the packing of all the lunches, the scheduled appointments, the returning of phone calls and emails—as important as all of those things are, even more important than that whole list is truth.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,” Psalm 103:2
Life is hard. It’s painful and messy. The weight of it all that we shoulder on this side of heaven is intended for us to long for Jesus that much more, but so often in the midst of all the hard stuff, we lose sight of what matters most. We forget what we need to remember most:
The Truth. Truth points us back in the right direction. Truth illuminates and bring clarity back to our vision.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” John 14:6
Truth is a person, and His name is Jesus Christ. When we get beat down by our circumstances, it can become so easy to forget truth—the truth of who God says He is and the truth of who God says we are. When life is overwhelming and my circumstances become far from desirable, that is when I need to be reminded most of truth—that God is good even when my situation is not, and that I am loved by Him even when it may appear that I am not loved by others.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:2-5
This is our God, and this is His love for us. His love forgives. His love heals. His love redeems. His love crowns. His love satisfies. His love renews. When we need a reminder of what we have forgotten, truth is found at the source: God’s Word. Run to it, cling to it, and never let it go.