Do memories, ever come to mind? Do you understand how inaccurate they may be?
My daughter was convinced, that, when she was little, I had a pink truck, (it was burgundy), until she saw a picture of herself in the truck bed.
Equally as frustrating, I was sure a boat, (that was beached), was split open at the bow, with a huge bush, growing on or in it.
Until she showed me the picture. Then I knew, and now I remember, Small boat, small split at the bow, small shrub.
This is the picture…. lol. (Really, not what I recall… lol)
Once again, a picture proves even a memory from just a few years ago, Wrong. (How embarrassing is that? lol)
It is a treat, to remember the good things.
It is not always productive. We either remember ourselves as heroes, or victims.
The Saviors, or the Wronged, Mis-used, or Maligned. Are any of them accurate?
A few of my early memories.
– As a real little guy, (3 or 4?), running and falling by the dining room table.
Mom said, I was running with a pencil, stitches in my left eye lid.
– My brothers Magic trick. (About the same age).
Rags our dog had lost a leg, after being hit by a car. He was in the tub, two legs showing… I covered my eyes, suddenly only one leg. Wow… lol
– The Factory fire.
Sitting on the roof of our porch with my sister, watching a factory burn down in the middle of the night.
Did these things happen? I do have the scar on my eye lid, the others, ??? I remember them…. true, false, or dreams?
The point is, our minds are wonderful things.
I remember falling, not the fear, pain, and screaming that must have accompanied it.
I have memories of actions and attitudes from my teens and early 20’s, that cause me great shame, and even more, concerns, of the times I blacked out, and don’t remember.
One memory that is sure and true. The day I asked Jesus to Forgive me and to Save me from myself,
The filthiness of my life, was washed by the blood of the Lamb. The burden of Sin and Shame was lifted.
It is Indescribable, the peace and joy that filled my soul. This is the memory I cling to.
Fortunately, I still know how to repent and seek Forgiveness, when I miss the Mark today. (It still happens).
1 Corinthians 15:1-3 (KJV)
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;“
This is the Memory we must rely on. I pray you have this memory also. Amen