A guest post written by Diana Booth
How many times in our lives are we challenged with the possibility of forgetting God? All we have to do is tune into or pick up any number of media, which could make us forget God and his qualities of love, mercy, justice, and truth. Everywhere there seems to be controversy and human drama, (real or fabricated), which seem to take us from our peaceful day and cast us headlong into dilemma. From lip-synching the national anthem to some poor sports figure made the victim of a false but tragic romantic hoax we find drama, drama, and more drama!
How do we stay above these tumultuous tides of controversy? By establishing the peace “which surpasses all human understanding,” which Paul speaks of in the Bible. How Christ Jesus handled challenges is a wonderful example of how not to be carried along in the torrent of life. Over and over again he brought those who followed him out of the depths of darkness into an understanding of health, hope, and peace.
When we remember God, we rise above discord and into the harmony and peace of God’s creation. Maintaining that calm helps us become part of a solution instead of more of the problem, a lesson Christ Jesus brought home to Peter when a large faction of soldiers had come to arrest Jesus. In a misguided attempt to protect Jesus, Peter drew his sword and cut off the ear of one of the soldiers. Peter probably thought he’d created enough of a diversion for Jesus to make his getaway. But to his amazement, Jesus not only criticized him for the attack, but also healed the ear. What a wonderful illustration of forgiveness and love!
Responding with love and lifting myself out of the storm was something I forgot to remember recently. I found myself in a tide of human opinion and emotion regarding some litigation. I felt tossed by drama and unable to find peace until one day, while I had music on in the background (calm inspiration often comes in the form of background sounds), I realized that God was in control. I became aware of the music I was listening to – a beautiful voice singing “you promised that you’d forget me not, but you forgot to remember!” Immediately I was realized what I’d forgotten – that we are here to love one another, not to thrash around in the shallows of drama. Up to that point that was exactly what I’d been doing.
I felt lighthearted and felt love for everyone involved. My peace had returned.
We can walk calmly each day, never forgetting to remember our loving, forgiving Father-Mother God.