Five Minute Friday #39: REMEMBER

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.