Remembering things has always been a challenge for me. I don’t know what it is. Remembering names, ideas, tasks, appointments, etc. Just yesterday, after I had already sent a text to confirm my hair appointment (yeah, yeah…I know I don’t have that much hair anymore), I forgot to go just one hour later….ugh! Now I feel like a jerk and have to try and reschedule.
This week, the whole remembering thing has taken on new meaning to me. It started off in a meeting on Monday. We were praying over our church and the word “remember” just popped into my mind. So I began thinking about and praying over all the things I am so quick to forget that God has done in my life and in the life of our church. What an amazing God!
Then this morning, as I was spending some time in God’s Word, I began reading 1 Samuel. It starts by telling the story of a man named Elkanah. In verse 2 we find that….
He had two wives, one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.
Now that’s a crazy dude! Two wives…are you kidding me! Sorry, just had to say that. Now back to the story…
Hannah wanted more than anything to be a mother and Peninnah mocked Hannah continuously about having kids of her own, while Hannah could have none. Can you feel the pain that Hannah felt! Not only can she not have a baby, there’s another wife that is mocking her!
Then something happened. Elkanah and his family were visiting his hometown of Shiloh to celebrate a feast. While there, after the feast, Hannah went to the temple to cry out to God.
In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord. And she made a vow, saying, “O Lord Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery andremember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life!”
What a prayer! You can sense the passion that Hannah felt as she cried out to God to do something….to remember her…and He did!
Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the Lord rememberedher. So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”
Did you catch that? She named him Samuel…”Because I asked the Lord for him.” She asked and the Lord remembered her. For me, remembering is a challenge. I have to do a better job and believe me, I’m working on it, but when we cry out to God and He remembers! That’s when miracles take place.
I want to be a man who remembers. I want to remember all that God has done for me. I want to remember that God is for me. I want to remember all of the promises in His Word for me. In the midst of my remembering, however, I am most grateful for the times in my life when God has remembered me! Thank you Lord….