"only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live... teach them to your children and to their children... remember the day..." (4:9)
"be careful not to forget the covenant..."(4:23)
"be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of egypt, out of the land of slavery..." (6:12)
"remember how the LORD your God led you..." (8:2)
"be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God..." (8:11)
"but remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth..." (8:18)
"fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds... bind them on your foreheads..." (11:18)
"remember that you were slaves in egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you..." (15:15)
"remember that you were slaves in egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you from there..." (24:18)
"remember that you were slaves in egypt..." (24:22)
"you will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember..." (numbers 15:39)
...see what i mean? after a few of these i was like, "okay, LORD, i get it!" and started highlighting each time similar verses came up.
the reason i'm bringing this up, and actually the reason i'm speculating that this is such a blatant theme is because i'm convinced our human bend is forgetfulness. (and seriously, just about every time i read about the israelites in the old testament i'm convinced they're talking about me... grumbling & disbelief & idol worship & forgetfulness? yep. sadly, so sadly, that's me sometimes.) i actually see forgetfulness in my own heart and mind almost daily in some way. just being honest! i got fired up and re-centered and re-energized at church yesterday, but today is monday and i'm like "oh yeah" while i'm thinking about everything else and not giving God priority one of my time. we forget.
this is why, among so many other reasons, i think reading scripture and going to church and praying are so important. because they remind us. who God is, who we are, what God's done, where He's going, what He likes, what He wants, what we need, how we live... it's like the 11:18 verse that says "fix His words on our hearts, tie them as symbols on our hands, bind them to our foreheads." it's kind of amazing how i've read psalms, oh i don't know, a gajillion times in my life but still most of the time find myself going "oh yeah!" or "wait, this is in here?" or "i forgot about this... how important!" i also think it's interesting how many times God refers to Himself as, "I am the LORD who brought you up out of egypt" in these books. He even uses His name as a chance to remind us who He is.
i'm in a thing called a "discover group" at my church on monday nights and our topic for the five weeks we get together is called "sacred rhythms," where we talk about the importance of having rhythms of different things within our lives like silence and solitude with God, honoring our bodies as temples and getting sleep and good food, reading and meditating on scripture, acknowledging desires, etc., and i think one of the most sacred of rhythms is remembering. it's why we do communion, why we have a season of advent, it's easter and thanksgiving and christmas... among other things, to remember.
today i hear the LORD say "turn your eyes back, alexi. fix them on me again. remember, I'm right here! remember who I am and what I've done. remember I am the LORD." and i think He's saying that to you, too. and i think He says that each morning all over again... maybe even multiple times a day.
won't you respond? won't i respond?