Sometimes I feel like there is a wheel of death in my head that spins around telling me I’ve run out of memory. I’d begin talking about something but completely forget how I started and need some help to get me back on track again!
Although I’m sure it’s not Alzheimer’s, what I am sure of is that I need to remember to work on my ‘working memory’!
Life goes by so fast, and more and more information is processed in our minds every day. At times it can be difficult to keep track of things which is why we make the most of great tools out there. But regardless of how hard we work on our memory there will always be things, or more importantly people who slip through the cracks.
No one likes to be forgotten. Although we all have abundant compassion for those still learning to remember our names (especially for names like mine!), to be forgotten by someone who once knew you so well or to be left off that particular invitation list can hurt a little more than we’d want to admit.
The truth is that one day we will all be forgotten. God describes the memory of our lives as being like a flower in the field:
‘The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more’ – Psalm 103:15-17 (NIV)
This verse gives us a picture of a piece of ground that no longer remembers the very thing that gave it beauty and significance. Except for the few who make a significant mark on history, most of us will also eventually be forgotten.
It makes for a tragic picture. Although we may have a few nice words spoken at our funeral and even a grave stone with an inspiring inscription, after a few generation the memory of who we are and what we achieved in this life will be forgotten.
But the story is not finished here, because although some may not remember, there is one who will never forget:
‘But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him’ (103:17)
From everlasting to everlasting you will be with the one who had you in His mind even before the beginning itself. Never forget that although you may be forgotten, you are always remembered by Him!