Remember When

A few days ago, I was reminded of the day that should’ve been my last. January 15, 2011, should’ve been the day that forever changed the lives of my children, sibling, parents, grandparents, and friends. I won’t go into all the details as I’ve shared the story with you before, but that is the night the Titanic went down. (Not the actual Titanic, but that’s what my dad’s boat was called, as well). Dustin and I were out that night on our final gigging trip of the season with my dad, David, and my step-mom, Alberta. We began having boat trouble and soon after hit a root wad that led to the sinking of our ship aka riverboat.

We were all swept from the boat by the mighty current of the river, Alberta caught in the gigging rails, Dustin swept away from the boat and carried downstream, myself trapped in a root wad up to my neck in the icy water. To be honest none of us should have survived that night. But if we hadn’t, I wouldn’t be able to share this message with you today.

As I was reminded of this event, it bothered me that I hadn’t thought about it this year. I mean how can you forget the night you almost die? Well, I’m not sure, but apparently, it’s possible. So my challenge to us all today is to remember when.

As I took the time to look back and remember, it caused me to see all God has done. It helped to create in me a grateful heart. I look back now and see all that I would’ve missed, and I think about how different my families lives would’ve been. Remembering when, I become grateful for the little things that most days I take entirely for granted. But once I remember, I can look forward to believing God’s more than able to do incredible, miraculous, and mighty things in my future.

In Joshua 4:1-24, God told Joshua to set up twelve stones on the other side of the Jordan as a memorial. God didn’t want the Israelites to forget what He had done. But like you and I, they needed these stones to remind them to share it with their children and the rest of the world.

I don’t know what kind of miracle God has done for you, perhaps you sit here reading this, and you can’t think of anything. If so, can I remind you that your salvation alone was a miracle? Mine too, friend! So if nothing else, share that good news with someone. Maybe you have an incredible story of how God pulled you out of drug addiction, or how He has healed your body or someone you love, share it. The world needs to hear about His goodness. The world needs to be reminded of how great our God is. And frankly, so do we. When I forget to be grateful for the big things, how can I ever remember and live with thanksgiving of the small stuff?

Often in this life, it becomes so easy to forget or lose sight of what God has done. Sometimes I feel like people don’t want to hear my story, I’ve told it so many times already, but then the Lord reminds me that SOMEONE needs to be reminded of what He can do.

So let’s make a deal right now, that we will no longer allow the enemy to steal our story. We will share God’s goodness, we will remember what He’s done, and we will believe that’s He’s more than able to do the miraculous again and again!

But then I recall all you have done, O LORD; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. Psalm 77:11

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