Shadows?


May I ask you a question? Do you remember all the times in your life when God took care of you? That is probably impossible since, of course, isn’t every day of your life just one more page in that scrapbook of memory when God preserved you?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

What a blessed thing it is to have remembrances. Imagine what life would be like if once a deed was done or an image was beheld it was forgotten forever. Life certainly would be a terrible toil if joy was reserved but for the moment, never to be savored and tasted again in sweet memory. Memory is one of God’s richest blessings to us. Like a bank account, when joy is short we are able to reach in and grab a wallet full of joyful thoughts, stored neatly and warmly in the safe recesses of our minds. Oh the wonderful things that we have stashed away; like baby’s smiles, the sound of pattering feet across the hallway, pieces of tunes, funny stories, the faces of friends long gone, and the smells of grandma’s special apple pie. Like a great scrapbook, we store away thoughts, sounds, smells, and pictures; each pasted loosely to its special page, always nearly falling off but never quite as we leaf through the fading pages of yesterday. As we pay attention to the days in this life, our hearts and minds become active collectors of the past, silently filing and cataloging without ever disturbing the moment. God is gracious for He has blessed us with memory.

Memory, of course, is only as good as our ability to collect the moments. If we pay no attention to the lives we are living, little will be left to recall when we most need it. I recall reading about a remarkable story of memorization recently. Chinese Christians, fearful that someday their precious Bibles might be taken away from them, hid the Word away in the most secure place possible, in their hearts. They memorized whole chapters of Scripture. In one district a missionary said that he knew of two hundred people who had memorized the entire New Testament. What strength and peace it must give them in the fiery trials they must endure under a Communist government. By paying attention to the moment, they were able to store for the future what might prove to be their most precious possession.

Do you remember all the times in your life when God took care of you? That is probably impossible since, of course, every day of your life is just one more page in that scrapbook of memory when God preserved you. It is good to take stock of each day and, at its end, reflect on God’s good grace that day. Because, there may come a day when God seems distant, unreachable, and, perhaps, missing in your life. When that happens, you need to go to that scrapbook of memories and leaf through the pages.

This is the blessing of memory and the blessing of building those memories on a love for the grace and mercy of God in our lives. We matter to God even when it doesn’t seem that He might care. He is always lingering in the shadows of our lives making sure that we don’t stumble; making sure that we actually get to where we are supposed to be going. The next time that life pushes you down and you feel neglected, forgotten, even overwhelmed, keep going. Draw on those memories of how God has always taken care of you in the past. Then, turn around in prayer to catch a glimpse of He who has never left you even for a moment.

We pray: “Be not troubled with thoughts of the morrow, of duties you surely must do. On the Lord cast your burden of sorrow; It matters to Him about you! Be not weary when trials are given, But trust Him to carry you through. He will make all a pathway to heaven; It matters to Him about you! Then be patient until His appearing, ‘Tis dawn almost now on your view; For the mists of this dark age are clearing. In love He is planning for you!” (Audrey Mieir.) In Jesus Name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to ”This Passing Day!” <markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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