Brandon Howard God’s Country
December 5, 2013
The mind of a whitetail buck is an amazing creation of God.
That old feller can remember whether or not your blind was in that spot from one day to the next, and he can use his sense of smell to remember certain odors and knows when a predator is close to his location. The sheer speed at which he can process information and determine if he needs to run, hunker down, or fight is incredible.
It’s funny how our memory works too; the faintest whiff of something can set our mind to flying down memory lane, it simply amazes me how that we can remember dates, times and colors of things that have meaning to us.
I have many fond memories from long ago. I remember certain hiding places in and around my Grandparents house in Lynch; and I can still recall how to climb an old apple tree that set in our back yard for years.
The smell of cut grass in late August reminds me of many practices and games from football seasons too long ago. I can vividly recall how good breakfast smelled as the aroma of sausage and biscuits wafted down from our old hunting shack on the hill in Crittenden County.
I also have many memories of hunting with my dad, grandfathers, uncles and my brother. I think often of an old hay bale that dad hunted from for years. He always had success there. I recall many of the old campsites that we used on top of Black mountain and the stories dad told. I remember the conversations that he had with his brother and nephews. There were many four-wheeler trips we took to the Rockhouse and the old Henry Morris place as dad called it.
Even though I haven’t been to either in several years, it seems like only yesterday that we sat there and ate lunch and shared memories. This time of year I also think of the many meals and laughs we shared eating Thanksgiving dinner in Lynch at granny and paps house.
As I sit here and write this, so many good times come flying back and bringing a tear to my eye and a smile to my face.
God’s memory is something that I don’t understand. Even if I did understand, I am sure that I couldn’t explain it to you. The fact that He remembers me and my needs from day to day is astounding, not even the smallest detail escapes Him.
He provides for you and me, the birds and animals of the field, the creatures of the oceans. He knows every tree that grows, all the stars that shine in our night sky, all that we are and see is committed to His memory. That simple fact alone should humble us.
But there are many other, more important things that He remembers as well. His mercy is new every morning, His grace to forgive us remains from day to day. His love that is so wide, so deep and so high that we can’t fathom it comes down to us like the dew every time the sun rises.
However, that isn’t really the most incredible thing about His memory. The single most important fact about God’s memory is that He forgets. He forgets my sin once it is confessed. He forgets how I once lived my life once I repent.
All the ugly, hurtful things that I can’t forget about my past, He doesn’t remember about me. All He knows about us once we come to Him to receive forgiveness is that we are covered by the blood of His Son, Jesus. That is all that matters to Him. Nothing in your past is enough to keep you from the future He has promised.
Don’t let anyone or anything tell you that because of what you have done God can’t love you. That is a lie. God loved you before you ever even knew His name. He loves you no matter the magnitude of your sins in the past. He loves you so much that He moved Heaven and Earth to give you a hope of a life spent with Him.
As you are reading this, my son may already have been born, if not, he will be here within the next few weeks.
As Shelly and I looked through book after book trying to figure out a name for him, we came across one that meant “The Lord remembers.” It’s fitting that I saw that, because I once thought that we may never have any children at all. Now here we are getting ready to welcome our second one into the world.
I want to take this time to tell you that the Lord does indeed remember, He remembers His promises. He is faithful and true to His Word. He cannot lie and what He says will come to pass.