Each time I reach the other end of a major trial in life I ask myself, Why didn’t I see that earlier? I really did not have to go through so much heartache or stress in that situation, or in any situation I face. What gets in my crawl is the next time I face that same problem, it is as though I never learned the lesson at all. I ask God to help me in those situations, but there is silence. He wants me to remember how I came through this trial the last time when I asked Him for help. He helped me see my way out, or He delivered me out of the problem. My forgetfulness is a result of my lack of “spiritual fitness,” or spiritual awareness.
This is how it works as a parent. Your child falls into mischief, and you readily help them out of the trouble they got in. When they repeat that behavior, you may help them again. When that behavior continues, you eventually say to them, “its time for you to learn how to fix your own problems.” This is letting them grow into adulthood and maturing into a responsible adult. If you continue to get them out of their problems, you become codependent with their bad behavior as though you did the bad deed yourself. God is not going to be codependent with my bad behaviors, and He requires you and I to be spiritually prepared, or fit to face our problems. Remembering is very important to spirituality.
“My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace will they add to you.” Prov.3:1-2
I get the message and see this as a major issue for those individuals that are in recovery from addictions. They are dramatically brought out of possible life-ending addictions, receiving help from people who are not paid to help them. These people share their experience, strength, and hope with anyone wanting to get sober and willing to do whatever it takes to do so. They get involved for a time, but soon forget how these meetings with those caring individuals led them to God, and how they got better. Soon they become complacent, then forgetting how bad it was for them when they entered into recovery. Soon they are gone, back in their old ways, or even lost to the ages. Remembering is vital to sobriety.
“Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth.” Eccl.12:1
It is okay to forget, it is excusable because we are human. But to forget the pain you felt when you received the gift of sobriety, to forget the help you received from others, and to forget the God who brought you out if the living death you were entrapped by, may be all it takes to finish you off. Don’t allow this to be your story. You may be like me and have to go through the same tribulations over and over, but don’t forget to remember the God who helped you, how He helped you, and the means He used to help you, so when you get in a pickle, you look back and remember.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.