For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more. Hebrews 8:12
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
Can a woman forget her nursing child, fail to pity the child of her womb? Even these may forget, but I won’t forget you. Isaiah 49:15
I have a daughter who wants to be walked into school and one who doesn’t. One who likes only frosting and one who eats only the cake. One who is most happiest looking for acorns in nature and one who plays princesses most days. Oh how our God made each of our children unique. And beautiful. And oh how He made each of their mother’s unique. And beautiful. Creativity equals our God.
I was walking my oldest daughter into school. It was the second week of classes and so the “new school routine” wasn’t nearly as scary as before-for me. (Always fabulous when the confidence of the child far outweighs the confidence of the mother.) When we went into the typical gym drop off spot there were no 1st graders to be found. (slight panic attack) As I surveyed the area I saw a sign which indicated K, 1st and 2nd graders were playing and lining up outside today. (normal breathing was back).
We walked outside and I could not believe the sight. It was as if I had happened upon an ant colony. In which you can barely walk without stepping on one of the zillion ants underneath your feet. Now insert children here instead of ants. Mass. Kid. Crazy. All. Around. And it seemed this was the place to send off my soft spoken. Tiny (to me). Precious. Girlie. “Well, I guess you can go play honey,” (I said with extreme reluctance). And she proceeded to run off. Into the zillion “ants”.
Then it happened. The emotions wave hit. Hard. My eyes filled with tears. “No one knows her. No one see’s her. She has no. one.”, were the thoughts behind the waterworks. Then as quickly as the emotions came a still small voice spoke to my spirit and heart, “I know her name. I see her. I got her. I could never forget her.” (Oh for Pete’s sake I can’t even write this without tearing up. In the kids playland Safari Sams nonetheless. Pretty sure I am beyond. All. Help.)
As I wiped away the tears, my heart found rest. In. Him. In the fact He knows Lucy. He made Lucy. Just like He knows me and made me. Within the next moments this song came to mind:
I have a Maker, He calls me His own. He’ll never leave me, no matter where I go. He knows my name. He knows my every thought. He see’s each tear that falls. And He hears me when I call.
(“He Knows My Name” by Tommy Walker)
What comfort. What compassion. What a personal. Loving God we serve. And He remembers. The good. Of our intricate make up. And He forgets. Our confessed mess ups. So maybe I could try to do the same.
When I am upset with my husband, friend, co worker, or family member and am prone to think of/remember their past mess ups (sin and wrong towards me), I can say “No”. And instead “take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5b)-in which in this case would involve forgetting. their. bad. And then I can their good. Remember their God-given strengths. Unique makeup. And if I need a little extra help, I can ask God to assist me in this “remembering the good” process. Help me to see them how He see’s them.
So the next ant you see may you remember. You may be small. But your God is big-Your child may be small. But your God is big. You may have messed up. But your God remembers it no more-Other’s have messed up. But you can choose to remember it no more. You may feel alone. But your God see’s you and knows your name-Your child may feel alone. But your God see’s them and know’s their name.
To live like Jesus is to forget and forgive the bad of another and remember the good instead.
Is there someone you are prone to remember/bring up their past sins? Will you ask God to help you remember their good and forget their bad?
Will you entrust your small child(ren) into the hands of our big God today? Will you entrust yourself into His hands?
© 2012 Standing on Peace