Samara Catherine Noyola
Down memory Lane
He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to his disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
I had been wearing a chic new knit cape for a couple of weeks when I noticed a tiny button on the very bottom of a corner of the cape. I thought it odd, but knew if couldn’t be random. I carefully inspected every inch of the cape to see where this button connected to. I found the hole in the corner at the neck, diagonally across from the button. The cape is meant to be worn crossed over the shoulder! It was dashing before, but now it’s on another level of stylish. How advantageous it is to use something to its fullest potential.
This makes me think of Jesus during his last meal with his disciples before the crucifixion. Jesus demonstrates with the breaking of the bread (representing his body) and wine (as his blood)the sacrifice and promise he made for humanity’s redemption.
He instructs his disciples that they too should break bread and have wine in remembrance of him. Aside from being obedient in fulfilling this sacrament of our Christian faith, do we know the utility of this remembrance? Do we use it to its full potential?
What happens when we remember the Lord?
Let’s look at Psalms 77, we find the author in deep distress. He is feeling unheard by God. He’s an emotional wreck.He reminisces about the good old days–how protected and loved he once felt by God. Things are different now. His joy is gone and he feels that God has turned against him. However, amid his melt down, he pauses, collects himself and begins“remembering God”. He recalls the wonderful and mighty things the Lord has done. The authors focus shifted from himself and onto God’s goodness.
Difficult seasons in our lives can leave us anxious, lonely and distressed. If we make the situation or our feelings the object of our attention, we unintentionally cause them to increase in magnitude, leaving us overwhelmed and vulnerable.
In a similar way, when we use the gift of remembrance to its fullest potential, by focusing on Jesus, we make God greater than the situation.
What does it look like when we remember Jesus?
Remembering Jesus is recalling the ways you’ve seen him come through for you. It’s bringing to memory and believing the words and promises he’s spoken. For example, when I am feeling alone, I remember Jesus said He will always be with me even to the end of the age. (Matt 28:20). When I focus on this and the times when I know without doubt that he was there with me, I can trust that although I don’t feel Him right now,He’s there.
When I pray and don’t see the answers right away, I remember that he’s a way maker and that Jesus said that His Father is always working and so is He (John 5:17). Remembering this truth gives me hope that he is working on my behalf.
When I mess up and feel that I cannot approach God, I remember that there is nothing that can separate me from His love. (Romans 8:38-39).
When we use our remembrance of God’s track record as a point of reference in our situations, we have reason to hope and believe that He will see us through again.
Dear God, thank you for all you have done and will do for me. Thank you for the gift of remembrance and its power to provide me the hope and faith that I need to get through rough times. Thank you for the Holy Spirit whose job it is to bring to remembrance all that Jesus has taught.Teach me to write your words on my heart that I may hold near to your promises.In Jesus’s name. Amen.
My Moment: Is there a challenge that you are currently facing where you are more focused on the problem than on God? Can you remember times that has God seen you through other difficult situations?
Comment: God has been calling me to share his message in ways in which I am inexperienced and feel completely unqualified for(writing and speaking). Although I know he’s put a message in my heart, I have been more consumed by my insecurity and self-doubt than on the beautiful message he’s crafted in my heart. If I’m honest though, I remember the times when I have taken the leap and decided to obey his leading in things that scare me. He’s always proven himself faithful to see me through and I know that I can trust God.