"How can we write the story if we don't know where we've come from?" Leonard Pitts recently ended a column with this question. Needless to say I started thinking about the number of times God stressed to the children of Israel "Remember Me!" When they forgot to "remember" they ended up going into captivity for 70 years. Then a mere 400 years later they were under Roman occupation, followed by a dispersion that lasted 2000 years. To over simplify, they forgot where they came from and repeated their mistakes because they did not "remember."
To remember is to be mindful and make mention of who we are and what has happened in our lives. The story I write is based on remembering the mercy that keeps me from receiving what I deserve and grace that does for me what I cannot do for myself. Repentance and forgiveness helps me to remember where I've come from. I remember I'm the captive He has set free! I am occupying until He comes by living an abundant life not being occupied with me, me! I'm firmly planted and in possession of God's promises not dispersed by the cares of this world. The chapters of my story have titles like, Hope Purified; Joy Complete and Love Perfected. As my story ends and He knocks on my life's door; I open it, He's smiling then says as only a dear friend can; "Remember Me!"