Saturday, June 03, 2017

God Re-minds and Re-members Me When I Fall Apart

Monroe County

I cried out to God for help;    I cried out to God to hear me...

10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:    the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.
11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12 I will consider all your works
    and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”
Psalm 77:1; 10-12

I have a stack of spiritual journals dating back to the mid-1970s. Occasionally, I go back to an old journal and read some of God's "mighty deeds" in my life. As I do this, I am re-membered. I am put back together again.

To re-member something is to "member again" that which has become dismembered. Parts that were once together, but got separated, are rejoined. 

At times I feel so discombobulated that all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put me back together again. But when I look back, and recall the many times God has brought me through it all, I feel hope for the days ahead.

I remember how...

16 The waters saw you, God,    the waters saw you and writhed;
    the very depths were convulsed.
17 The clouds poured down water,
    the heavens resounded with thunder;
    your arrows flashed back and forth.
18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,
    your lightning lit up the world;
    the earth trembled and quaked.
19 Your path led through the sea,
    your way through the mighty waters,
    though your footprints were not seen.

I remember how God re-membered me in the past, how God put me back together when I was falling apart.

The strategy of Psalm 77 is an appeal to memory.

1) I am falling apart, and I need help.
2) I will remember what God has done for me.
3) In the remembering, God puts me back together again.