As I've continued to meditate on Psalm 19 and other passages over the past few weeks, I have found myself thinking about how much I love the Lord.
I get excited when I think about the extreme measures to which He has gone so I can live in relationship with Him. His fulfillment of the law through Jesus makes pleasing Him obtainable to me—that amazes me.
He has extended His power and mercy towards me; therefore, I have set my heart to please Him, not question Him. His word illuminates my direction when my vision is blurred. He is my confidence when my enemies are encamped about me--when my integrity is questioned, when my faith is challenged, and when my focus is distracted. His peace and anointing cover me and help me overcome the fear that causes me to hesitate.
In the face of the magnificent, awesome, wonderful, living God, how can I walk against His purpose? How can I strive for personal gain instead of God's favor? How can I run from sacrifice and embrace earthly security? How can I turn away from His chastening and calling? I can't, not when I love Him more than myself.
He is my salvation! He is my hope!
A few days ago I was provided with the memory of the words above I've shared with you today. I wrote them on July 16 of 2012—5 years ago. At that time I was unaware of the challenging season I was about to enter—it proved to be one of the most challenging of my life.
Memorabilia are "things that are remarkable and worthy of remembrance," (Merriam-Webster). And something evidentiary is "being, relating to, or affording evidence," (Merriam-Webster). My memories like the one I've shared above fit the category of evidentiary memorabilia. My memories are worthy of remembering as evidence of something remarkable.
My memories are gifts because I am able to see Jesus in the midst of them. As I look back at my past I am able to see how even through my worst days, and even though I was unaware, God was revealing Himself to me. My memories are evidence of God's faithfulness to me. That is remarkable! And that is worthy of my remembrance!