Forgetfulness

 

2 Peter 1:12 (NIV)

 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.

 

Tuesday evening, I ran home for a couple of minutes to eat dinner before choir.  Gene, “Did you go pick up the prescription and get the milk today?”  Me:  “No, sorry,  I just keep forgetting.  I know you asked me several days ago.   I will be sure to do it after choir.”  Gene, “Okay, great,  thanks sweetheart you are amazing,” (okay, maybe I embellished that a little bit).

At dinner:  Misty:   “Mom, did you remember to get the spiral notebooks I needed?”  Me:  “Ummmm, I, uh, yeah, I plan on getting them when I go to get the prescriptions and milk after choir.”

Choir is over.  Whew, what a day, 7:3 0Pm.  I grab a drink and drop into the recliner.  Gene:  “Weren’t you going to go to the store tonight?” Me:  “Oh yeah, I am on my way.”  Grocery store run done, prescription picked up- check.”  9:30 pm, yay, got it all done!  Whoo hoo.

Wednesday morning, 6:30 AM. Misty:  “Mom, did you get my notebooks?”  Me:  “Darn, I knew I forgot something!”  “Mommmmm, I have to have one today and you have been saying you would pick them up but you keep forgetting. ”   Did you know the Family Dollar store doesn’t open until 8 AM and that Race Track and the quickie stores around here don’t care spiral notebooks?  Sigh.  As Gene would say, apparently my “forgetter” is working really well right now. 

Recently, a friend of mine posted on Facebook, “I remember I have a lunch date today, I just don’t remember who it is with.  If you are my lunch date will you let me know.”  Forgetfulness isn’t just an old person’s disease.  We all forget things.  Scientist say most of us don’t have to worry about our forgetfulness and the fact that we have spent an hour looking for our lost glasses only to discover them on top of our head.  Most of the time our forgetfulness is the result of “pedestrian issues” like stress, hormones, lack of sleep, emotional discord, medications, energy, or busyness. 

Forgetting isn’t always a bad thing.  There are things in our lives all of us need to forget or wish we could forget.  But, forgetting what is important is frustrating and can be costly.  When we forget to turn a report in on time or we forget a loved one’s birthday or anniversary, or we forget to turn off the stove or to say I love, or we forget to nurture an important friendship.

Or when we forget about God.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a renown theologian, says, “

The devil doesn’t fill us with hatred for God, but with forgetfulness of God.

” Too many times we find our security in other people’s opinions, our careers, or bank accounts and we look to them for answers, support and direction.  We leave God out.  It isn’t that we don’t love him or believe in him.  We simply forget about him.  We forget to make him part of our daily lives. We forget to include him in our thoughts, decisions, and daily living.  And that can be dangerous. 

So, tie a string around your finger.  Repeat His name until you can’t forget it.  Sing a song about Him.  Do whatever it takes to remember God today. And, rejoice for He will never forget about you.