January 2013

Memory is a strange thing. Events and feelings that we thought would never be forgotten fade or disappear, whilst trivial things pop up and stick in our minds for no comprehendible reason. Other memories mysteriously get re-worked or amplified in our head, often in direct proportion to the level of embarrassment or pride we encountered in that memory. We also find ourselves passionately convinced on the accuracy of our version of events, even in the face of multiple people insisting a different thing actually occurred – all of us think our personal recollection is “what really happened!” Then there are old photo albums and videos clearly featuring us on holiday or at parties with people we are positive we have never even met! Memory is a strange thing.

This year the Madavan family will be encountering an extra portion of memory plundering moments. In the Spring comes our 10th anniversary of being a part of Locks Heath Free Church, in June someone in the household hits the big 4-0 (no not me… kind of you to immediately think that of me…but the significant birthday relates to the attractive one in the relationship!), in September Cathy and I celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary and this year also sees us enjoying the delights of two teenagers in the house, with one of them hitting the scary age of 16.

“How did that happen?”, “Where did the time go?”, “It only seems like yesterday…” and a load more questions will flow, and should flow. It is important not to be so engrossed with the “now”, or what we have to do next, that we overlook what has been. We must not skim over too quickly great experiences, achievements, special moments and life lessons, challenges conquered, difficulties dealt with and opposition overcome – all need to be remembered and celebrated. Not to live in “the good old days” or “the bad old days”, but to help inspire, encourage, excite and equip us for the adventure still to come.

In Exodus 13 to 15 we read a fascinating account. The Hebrews, recently freed from slavery, find themselves being pursued by a rather angry Egyptian army. Added to their terror the Hebrews discovered before them was the expansive Red Sea preventing escape. God, understanding that they didn’t have time to build an ark, provides an emergency exit by parting the Red Sea. The Hebrews scurry through, the Egyptian army try to take advantage of this temporary road, but the Red Sea returns and the angry Egyptian army doesn’t do so well. The Hebrews obviously celebrate. But here is the thing I want to highlight - three days after this incredible God intervention the Hebrews start moaning and complaining and questioning if God is really with them.

Memory is a strange thing - events and feelings that we thought would never be forgotten fade or disappear.

We probably don’t have experiences quite as big as the Red Sea parting, however there are many occasions when God has stepped in, spoke, brought wisdom, clarity, provision, comfort, insight, encouragement, wonder, awe – that we need to remember. Part of following “The Way” (John 14:6, Isaiah 30:21, Jeremiah 6:16) is about remembering what God has done. Not to live in “the good old days” or “the bad old days”, but to help inspire, encourage, excite and equip us for the adventure still to come.

As we move further into 2013 can I encourage us all, as a church, small groups and individuals to remember what God has done, to celebrate and to keep moving, growing, following the Way..
 
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