Falling Over Our Feet in Forgetfulness

Did you know it’s Easter right now?

Wait, what!?! I thought Easter was just a Sunday! You know, the day many Christian families celebrate with clothes that are pressed to impress, plastic eggs that are scattered in an open field only to be gathered back up, and grass stains that are worn with pride on the special occasion’s attire…

Easter is more than a Sunday.

In fact, the season of Easter continues from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday.[1] Yet, how quickly do we tend to move on towards the next date on the calendar, the next big event, the next thing to distract us from the present? In our eagerness to move ahead, we lose track of the previous steps along the journey.

A forgotten step is the same as an outright misstep, and although we should be able to laugh a little at our mistakes along the way, the repercussions of our forgetfulness or lack of reflection in our faith journey is no laughing matter.

It’s spiritual amnesia.

The more often you lose your memory of the past,
the more often you forget to recount the ways God provided
what you needed (even if it wasn’t what you wanted).

The more often you forget your past,
the more often you’ll pass over the present without any recognition
of how God is involved in your current situation.

The more often you neglect the active presence—
the immanence—of God, the more often
you start doubting the transcendence of God.

Your spiritual journey can quickly become a spiritual cliffhanger
or you’re outright stuck in a pit of despair/worry/unbelief.
Start remembering, believe, and get out of the pit.[2]

Prior to Easter, we journeyed together through the season of Lent. Harris Creek distributed 700 devotional guides entitled “Seek God for the City” from an organization called Waymakers. I’d be kidding myself to think that 700 people followed the prayer prompts for all forty days[3], but I do know for a fact that God was present and active as we engaged in spiritual disciplines of prayer, meditation, and journaling. We dare not forget to reflect on the nations and individuals we prayed for, the lessons we learned, and the deep meaning of our journey with Christ leading up to Easter Sunday.

lent2014infographicWhether it’s 40 days of Lent, 50 days of Easter, or “10,000 years and then forevermore,” I will recount the deeds of God and sing praises to the LORD Most High.
The great thing about remembering God… is God.
God is more than enough for you in your present predicament.
God only knows reconciliation, restoration, and redemption.
God is more reliable than all of humanity.

 

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;

    I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
    I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

13 Be gracious to me, O Lord!
    See my affliction from those who hate me,
    O you who lift me up from the gates of death,
14 that I may recount all your praises,

    that in the gates of the daughter of Zion
    I may rejoice in your salvation.
15 The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
    in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.
16 The Lord has made himself known; he has executed judgment;
    the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Selah
17 The wicked shall return to Sheol,
    all the nations that forget God.
18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
    and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.
19 Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail;
    let the nations be judged before you!
20 Put them in fear, O Lord!
    Let the nations know that they are but men!

— Psalm 9:1-2, 13-20 —

 


[1] For 2014, the season of Easter is from Sunday, April 20, to Pentecost Sunday (June 8) and is followed by the season appropriately referred to as “the season after Pentecost.”

[2] Remembering God’s activity (and the Spirit’s help in recounting God’s presence) is a recurring note throughout Scripture. It is observed repeatedly in Deuteronomy, and a few other instances include Jeremiah 2, Nehemiah 9, Acts 7, and John 14:26.

[3] In case you were wondering why our devotional guides (and Lenten blog posts) ended at the start of Holy Week… Lent officially is 45 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday—5 celebration Sundays and 40 “other” days. The Lenten devotional we were using provided 40 days of readings but started on Ash Wednesday and included Sundays; therefore we wrapped up at the start of Holy Week even though Lent was technically still continuing. Confusing, right?!

galanhughes

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