Ever fill out one of those surveys that asks: do you feel the amount of information available via the internet is too much, just enough, not enough? ‘Too much’ is the answer every time. Our brains have great capacity, but seriously, a myriad of ways to cook chicken – make play dough – recycle toilet paper tubes?
How about trying to share with a friend information you found out about a particular topic? “Yeah, so I was listening to, ummm, can’t remember where I saw it, but they said…” Not only are we bombarded with ‘information’ – we’re trying to remember simple stuff and important stuff, like where the car keys are and our child’s birth date.
So, when confronted with the thought of remembering all Jesus has taught us in the Bible, and the wealth of words on those pages, it seems a bit daunting. “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 ESV)
That’s a relief. And He does. Lately when I work on memorizing passages in the Bible and then try to see if I can recall them, I ask the Holy Spirit to help me. He can also help us push out of memory things we wish weren’t crowding our thoughts. That’s a relief too!
Someday we will have minds that are able to learn and create and discover and not grow weary with overload. Love this verse: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1Corinthians 2:9b NLT)
In a recent rough time I went through with doubt and worry and anxiety, turned out the one thing that got me out of the darkness was not a friend or loved one, not a song or some good news, it was the remembrance of words that are timeless. Words written millennia ago but as meaningful and helpful as though they were written this moment just for me.
Next time we’re in information overload, stressed out, doubting, grieving, hurting, whatever the moment is holding, remember, our Help is right there with us waiting for us to ask. We’ll find our heart saying to our soul: ‘I remember now’.
“My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart.” (Proverbs 3:1 NLT)
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