I’ve meaning to write a blog about busy-ness for you all ... but I’ve been too busy to get around to it! So I’ve decided to share with you a story instead, maybe I’ll write about busy-ness next time.
We’ve been learning about Abra(ha)m and Sarah during our series Fear Not / Live by Faith, which is what sparked my idea to share with you some thoughts about remembering and faith.
In Deuteronomy 8 the people are exhorted to remember what the Lord has done in freeing them from Egypt.
The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11).
In Psalm 77 the psalmist says:
I will remember the deeds of the LORD;
yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
I will ponder all your work,
and meditate on your mighty deeds.
In Psalm 105:
Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
In Psalm 111:
He has made His wonders to be remembered; The LORD is gracious and compassionate.
God does not just tell us to remember and then send us off. He gives us the Spirit to help us remember what he has taught us:
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you (John 14:26).
Kim Boldt shared with us on July 10th about signs that are in place to cause us and God to remember (wedding rings, rainbows, and circumcision). Abram even got a new name to remind him of God’s promise (going from exalted father to father of a multitude).
So what are we to remember? Keep in mind the promises and commands of Adonai. Remember what He has taught us. Recall El Shaddai’s mighty deeds. Do not forget the ways Jehovah Jireh has been our provider.
As Tyson reminded us on June 26th, faith is recognizing that there is more to life than what we perceive right now. Faith is taking God at his Word. It is trusting God that he will fulfill those promises we are exhorted to remember. Our faith is built up when we remember how God fulfilled his promises and how he has provided. In Hebrews 11 we are reminded of stories of faith throughout history. As we recall His mighty deeds, we are encouraged in our faith. So let me recall.
February 2012, I find out that I made it into the Master of Occupational Therapy program at UBC. I guess I better find a place to live. I soon found a place with someone in Vancouver – she already lives there and is needing a roommate come September. How perfect and easy I’ll just move right in.
May 2012, turns out that won’t work after all. Oh no, what am I going to do? How will I ever find an affordable place in Vancouver? My anxiety, an old enemy I thought was defeated, starts to rise up. And then I hear a quiet voice reminding me…
Haven’t I provided for you all along the way? Yes, I suppose that’s true.
If I want you to be in this program, don’t you think I’ll provide a place for you to live? Well, I guess that makes sense.
Flashback to 2007. I’m sitting in the car with my Pop (Dad), worrying about how I’m going to afford school. He says to me, hasn’t God always provided what you needed? If this is what He wants you doing, don’t you think He will again provide? And He did.
Yes, God has faithfully provided what I needed in order to do what He’s called me to. Quickly my anxiety starts to fade. I decide that I will not stress about it, I’ll look around and do what I need to, but I will not be anxious. I will trust that God will provide.
The next day, I’m chatting with a friend from my community fellowship. She says, I don’t know why I haven’t thought of this before – my brother has a place in Vancouver, but he lives out of the country most of the year. I’ve asked him before if someone could live there while he’s away, but he said no. I could ask him again though.
Jesus, I know it’s a slim chance, but if that could work out I’d really appreciate it!
And sure enough, it did. I now have a place to live in Vancouver, at very reasonable rent, in an area and with space I couldn’t have imagined finding. And there are other treasures that came along with this place to live.
While I was thinking about moving to Vancouver, I figured I’d be in a small place where it’d be tough to host people (hospitality is a gift God’s given me). But God provided me with the space to enact the gift He gave!
A caveat of this place I live is that I need to move out a few times a year, when the homeowner is back. But even in that God planted treasure! Because I must move out, I get to find a place to stay. Sometimes I just go home (to Vancouver Island), but other times I need to be here in Vancouver. Recently the folks I used to stay with moved away, and I was needing to find a place for a couple weeks. Thankfully, I did not start to get anxious (God sure has changed me!), but was able to trust God for something. At first I tried to brainstorm ideas, but then it occurred to me that I should reach out to my family – that’s you all at Redemption Church! Sure enough, I got a response almost immediately. What a beautiful opportunity that was. I was so blessed to stay with the Trotters and be welcomed into their home and family. I am so grateful that God had me sent out of my house for a couple weeks so I could build these relationships. It is not often one gets that kind of opportunity!
God provided in a way I couldn’t have designed. God provided more than what I could have thought of – all I searched for was an affordable basemen suite someplace.
So I exhort you to REMEMBER God’s faithfulness. Tell stories of what you’ve witnessed. Remind one another of His provision, whether it seems big or small.
Finally, I leave with you a task. This week I want you to tell at least one story to someone else about God’s faithfulness. It can be something that seemed small, or it can be something that changed your life. Maybe it’ll be just the story someone needed to hear. Or maybe it’ll be just the story you needed to recall.
Laura (@LYBOT) is a proud Dutch-woman from Saanichton, BC. She has been part of the Redemption Church community since 2012. She is passionate about advocating for human dignity and occupational/social justice, and is doing her PhD in the area of blindness in the hopes of advocating for positive social change. She loves to make food for people, play games, walk (fast) with a friend, dance and laugh – if you like any of those things, give her a ring!