One of the many side effects of Aaron’s seizures and even of some of his seizure meds is memory loss. It makes me sad to see it sometimes.
Gary and I took Aaron out to eat the other day. While eating, I got a text saying that his day group would be re-opening on Monday. I was sharing with Aaron the names of some of his friends that he would get to see again. At the mention of one of his friends, Aaron’s face was blank.
I was surprised because just last week Aaron had facetimed with her. Yet his forgetfulness was genuine just a short time later.
As I get older (and older and older 😊), I find myself often saying, “Remember when…?” Gary and I do this at times, remembering events and situations of the past, sometimes with joy and at other times with regret.
There is an incident recorded in the book of Numbers…the book I am now studying…that has impacted me this week and which I want to, well, remember.
The children of Israel had traveled for a year in the wilderness. In chapter 11, we find them complaining about their lack of good food. They remembered all the variety of foods in Egypt, forgetting their horrible life they lived there as they ate that food.
They begged for meat, so God told Moses that He would give them meat. Then Moses seemed to have memory loss as he questioned just how on earth God would be able to supply so much meat for so many people.
Are you kidding me?!
Moses had seen miracle after miracle, and he dared wonder how God could manage to find meat in the desert?
Actually, Moses asked God how he…Moses…was to get the meat. Moses left God out of the picture.
Moses was run down, discouraged, tired, burdened.
Pretty much like we feel today.
Here we are, on the first day of a new year, trying to summon hope in the middle of our burdens.
2021 must be better than 2020, right?!
It HAS to be!!
We can’t handle anymore stress in our world and in our homes!
But I think that deep down we all know that we are entering this new year staring ahead at huge problems that still loom large.
That’s why God’s answer to Moses is a HUGE promise to each of us who know and follow God.
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Is the Lord’s power limited? Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not.’ (Numbers 11:23)
Another version of what God said was this: “Is the Lord’s arm too short?”
That phrase brought to mind the fact that Pharaoh was said to be the possessor of a strong arm. Yet God defeated Pharaoh with His much stronger arm.
Remember all the plagues and the miracles?
Remember the exodus from Egypt?
Remember the parting of the Red Sea?
How could they forget?!
Yet I am no different. How can I so often forget what God has done and what He has promised, to ME?
I have been challenged by others to have a word for this year. And so my word is:
Primarily, to remember just who God is and that His arm is strong and is long enough to carry me and help me and protect me.
To REMEMBER God’s past answers to prayer.
To REMEMBER His promises to me in His Word.
To REMEMBER Who He is, and how He never changes.
God’s arm is never shortened, and His power is never limited.
So may I…and all of us…remember.
This new year here in our neck of the woods has begun beautifully.
May I allow God’s beauty to permeate my heart every day in the uncertain times ahead as I…