Periodically, my parents will take the kids for a few days for special Mimi and Boppa time. Last time the boys went, they got to see a movie, go out to eat, get new clothes, and pick out a new toy. However, before they left, my mom had them clean their toys up. When my parents brought them home, I asked the boys what they did. Eli said, “Mimi made us clean the whole time!”
How quickly we forget.
Shelton (one of our pastors) said that the Israelites, too, quickly forgot. They witnessed so many miracles – the plagues, parting of the Red Sea, water flowing from rock, manna from heaven. God was even in their presence guiding them by day. And yet, they still forgot God’s faithfulness. They grumbled. They wanted more than Manna. They wanted to go back to Egypt. And they did not believe that God would defeat the people occupying their promised land.
Reflecting back on my own life, I realize that I have quickly forgotten God’s goodness and faithfulness in my life.
Only a few short years ago, I had no hope. I was isolated, lonely, and despaired. I couldn’t sleep. I suffered from tourettes-like muscle spasms. A stress triggered illness reignited. My mind was in constant replay and panic attacks suffocated everything good in my life.
But my life is so different now.
And so, when I get frustrated because a panic attacks strikes, or nausea steals my evening or I am sleepy from a night of jolting and trembling – I need to remember the incredible deliverance God has worked in my life. I need to quit grumbling about what I am not and thank Him for what He has done in me….. although anxiety is a very real presence in my life, it is diluted. And, praise God, it no longer rules over me.
God has delivered me from it’s power.
And replaced it with His power.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.