Today is Memorial Day 2019 and recently I was looking through some photos from 9 years ago. Now, I realize that Memorial Day was started specifically for the honor of those who gave their lives in fighting for the freedoms we so dearly enjoy. I want to take this opportunity to say how grateful I am to each and every serviceman/woman that gave their lives in defense of this great country, as well as their families.
That being said, my thought today has to do with remembering…period. As I looked through some photos from 2010, I thought of how so much is attached to a single picture. There were pictures of our church and those who attended at the time, as well as pictures from Christmas that year and family. It’s amazing how much has changed in 9 years. Sometimes we don’t realize how much really has changed until we look back. I saw people I once attended church with, some who have moved on and others no longer in church. As well, my mother-in-law is no longer with us, so seeing her in a few of the pictures caused a sigh in my soul. Both my daughters have married and started families of their own. So much has happened in these 9 years, some good and some not so good.
As I looked upon some of the faces, I could not help but wonder…what happened? I ask that, not in an ignorant kind of way, but just in a general sense. People who were once faithful, became unfaithful (in more than one sense of the word). Many times we seem so sure that we are doing exactly what we are meant to do, only to be permitted, by God, to enter into a storm, that seemingly causes us to veer off course. I have asked myself, “Did God do this…if so, why?” The answer is always the same, “No.” Then as I ponder upon any given situation, I am reminded by God’s Spirit of how we each will be led into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan. Oh yes, you read that right, for that is exactly what happened to the Son of God in Luke 4. The temptation may be different, but the test is all the same…to test our faith. We may profess much, but we can be sure of this one thing, whatsoever we profess, it will be tested.
Sometimes memories are good and encourage us, however some memories are bad and discourage us. Life can change in a matter of moments and life is changed for the rest of our life. Some memories are beautiful and some haunt us. It’s a hard thing to do sometimes, but we must do our best to hold onto the positive things and let go of the negative things. It is imperative that we do not let the bad memories cause us to make poor decisions for our future. It is important that we allow our memories to improve our future, rather than doom it. The apostle Paul wrote in the Corinthian letter, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition…”
As I travel on life’s pathway
Know not what the years may hold
As I ponder, hope grows fonder
Precious memories flood my soul.
May you take time this Memorial Day to remember…maybe even return to some former things that were good, but were allowed to be let go due to a storm. Storms come and go and it is the strong who rebuild and continue on.