Memories are bytes of impressions; images stored in the brain that can be retrieved as still photos, or played out as pictures in action, like a video of life from long ago, or as recent as yesterday. And the most unique thing about them, they can be recalled at any time day or night, in times of joy or sorrow, rain or shine; in times of loneliness, when walls seem to be pressing in and life is far from harmonious. Even at a time when a peaceful, serene moment from the daily din and grind of life is needed, there is when you can just close your eyes and lose yourself, place yourself, back to a happier or more peaceful place in time, or with a certain someone you miss or cared for, that meant so much to you, yet God chose to remove from our presence for another important purpose of His that we may never understand or find out the rhyme or reason why.
The pleasant “recalls” may happen while with friends or relatives, when someone makes a comment such as: “Remember when…”, or: “Do you recall that time…” Such phrases can prompt the farthest memories from the most distant “outer banks” of the depository sites of life that are stored in our minds, and recall will suddenly take place, and bring an instant smile, or a sullen expression, or cause either a single tear or an endless flow from an endless source of cleansing and healing waters. They can be used to bring back long forgotten instructions, or to be used just to fill a lonely moment of time, while waiting for the next use or purpose of life God will bring along your path.
What a precious gift from a loving Father, this ability of memories. Do you suppose it was also for the purpose of reminding ourselves of His many past Blessings, past Promises, past Truths, and yes, as reminders of past sins, and lost opportunities? When we are reminded, during life’s many ups and downs, of loved ones that have gone on before us, lost relationships that have decided to also go without you, let us “remember” who placed them in our paths in the first place, and thank Him for the precious moments of time we were allowed to share with them during this fleeting vapor of existence here on earth. Be thankful, but we must move on, and trust God’s judgment in His decisions, He is truly in control of our lives. Amen.