I link up with Lisa-Jo on Fridays for a writing flash mob…throwing caution to the wind and gathering to share what a few minutes of free writing can buy.
Today’s topic: REMEMBER
It’s a tightrope walk, really, and it’s really long and strapped between two different worlds. And on one side is all the head knowledge about the truth and on the other side is all twisted lies about the truth, and it’s so hard to keep my balance between the two.
The lies whisper to me that I’m going to reap today what I sowed way back then, but head knowledge steadfastly reminds me that I am forgiven and it is remembered no more.
If it’s remembered no more, then why can’t I forget, too?
The rope I’m walking on is so thin and small and the long pole I’m gripping for dear life tilts back and forth, back and forth as these conflicting whispers take their turns.
And verse after verse that seem to contradict run through my mind:
“…forget the past and do not dwell on the former things…” (Isaiah 43:18)
“…remember what the Lord your God did…” (Deut 7:18)
“Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there.” (Deut 24:18)
“You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by.” (Job 11:15-17)
And I try to forget and I try to remember and I feel so confused.
It’s then I remember that Jesus is in the and. He’s in the middle of this conflicting tightrope walk.
It’s not that I should only forget or only remember, it’s that I should forget AND remember, because Jesus is in the AND. That pole I’m holding is my AND. It’s what maintains my balance and my peace and my hope and my future so I won’t fall to one side or the other and die.
So I grip the pole tighter and hold it closer to my heart as I forget AND remember and keep walking toward my new world.
it can be a tug and pull sometimes. this is a lovely post.
Oh beautiful. We are called both to remember and to forget. Stopped over from Five Minute Friday.
Thanks for stopping over, Barbie!
Loved this Monica. I’ve been thinking about the “and”s lately too. :)
Thank you! Still making myself stop to find Him in the ands daily, too… :)
That is so beautiful. What I am image. I often struggle with my past coming back. I really like how you remind us that Jesus is in between that and us. He is the AND. Amen!
mmm … there can be wisdom in remembering … we won’t go back there, we now know what truth is, we’ve been there, done that and because of our remembering, our sharing is oh-so authentic.
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One of the last things Jesus said was, remember Me, as he held the bread up and blessed it. That is a good balance.
No I am trying to get a feel for where to go from here.
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Love that you worked in the AND piece. He surely is. I’m so comforted to know He wins, in the end. His whispers will deafen the lies.