Memories

What is your first memory and how old were you?

I can remember back to the age of three. That was the year my tonsils had to come out, in the doctor’s office no less. My how times have changed! With that occasion came sleeping downstairs in mama and daddy’s room and it also meant eating a lot of ice cream. I also acquired a ‘clown doll’ that year from a gigantic cardboard box in the grocery store and I remember being given the privilege of choosing the one I wanted.

Beyond that, many of my memories are a tangled maze. 

I’m extremely fond of looking at family pictures and trying to remember all the events of when the pictures were taken.

My mom’s long term memory and that of her siblings is amazing. Mom is 86, and one of my uncles is also in his 80’s, two others are in their 70’s. I am awe struck when I listen to the many everyday events they are able to recall, with vivid detail, right down to the dates, their ages, where they lived etc. I never tire of hearing their “memories”.

As I age, days and memories are more precious to me; I appreciate life so much more than when I was younger. I have learned that even though I plan for tomorrow, I’m not promised tomorrow and so I treasure what today gives me. I long to capture each tiny detail of what God places in my path, right now, this very moment, and cherish each blessing as if it’s the last time I will experience it. I have been so guilty of planning for “tomorrow” that I missed all the joys of “today”  Material things are so insignificant to me anymore and I thank God for his truth which frees me from all of the unimportant things of the world that clamor for my time and attention each and everyday. Truth that teaches me and prepares me for an eternal future.

Yesterday we attended Joe’s funeral, we will see him again someday, and until that time we share our memories of him with each other. Joe loved the Lord, and everyone was certain of that. He glorified God daily, by the way he lived his life and that was very evident yesterday by all those who came to show their love for him.

Heb 10:35-38 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while,

“He who is coming will come and will not delay.

 But my righteous one will live by faith.

And if he shrinks back,

I will not be pleased with him.”