The topic of this week’s post excites me to no end. It allows me to express myself in a very creative way. My mind recalls a time when…sorry, my mind protests this topic so much that it forgets, instead of recalls.
My mind thinks about my daughter often, and my heart loves her very much. Mary is a blonde. Whenever someone mentions a blonde, it reminds them of a joke. It reminds me of a time I heard the funniest blonde joke ever. What’s the joke? The joke is on me. My brain visualizes me laughing at the joke, but the very same mind undermines my ability to share it because it forgets where it heard, saw, read, or any other word that describes a way the neurons in my brain processes information.
This parody showcases my thoughts about whatever our topic decides to be on this week.
Sing it to the tune of My Favorite Things (No one is around, go ahead and sing it out loud!)
The florist for roses for my Anniversary
And a card that is so sweet and so pretty,
Mail these packages tied up with string.
I sure think I am forgetting something.
(While the orchestra plays, say: “Oh, that’s right—I need to go to the store!”)
Creamer for coffee and fresh apple strudels,
Toilet paper and a bag of egg noodles.
If the list has more than three things,
Then I will probably forget a few things.
Walked in the room.
Forgot what for.
So, I walk away.
And I simply remember I’m forgetting some things
And then I don’t feel……(“Never mind, I forgot how I’m feeling…Honey, how am I feeling?”)
Since this tune was composed, text messaging has become popular. It saves me from having to remember what items I need at the store. My wife knows the rule about more than three things. She must write it down, preferably in triplicate copies.
Sometimes, my mind assumes, due to a recently created acronym (P-L-A-Y=Peaches, Lettuce, Apples, and Yams), that it is safe to go without a list, like an acrobat who performs without a safety net. My mind brags about how foolproof this tactic can be. Except it also remembers the time we (my brain and I) wandered around the store saying, “I know that what I am missing starts with the letter ‘C.’” Trust me, there are lots and lots of items that start with that very famous letter. And if my memory serves me right, the song “C is for Cookie” was going through my head. Of course, still in Cookie Monster’s voice, I’d sing “C is for Carrots it’s good enough for me.” “C is for coconut it’s good enough for me.” “C is for Can of Creamed Corn…”
Forgetting items in the grocery store, why your body walks into a room, or even why you’re staring in the refrigerator is bad enough. But forgetting truths about God and His Word is even worse.
David tells himself: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits.” Psalm 103:1-2 (NASU) (He goes on to list a few benefits. Here’s a great list, better than groceries to remember:
- “He forgives all my sins” v3 (NLT)
- “and heals all my diseases” v3 (NLT)
- “He redeems me from death” v4 (NLT)
- “and crowns me with love and tender mercies v4 (NLT)
- Fills my life with good things v5 (NLT)
- “The Lord gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly” v6 (NLT
Why not take a few minutes and read Psalm 103 and add to this list. And why stop with this Psalm. You can add to your list other benefits that come to your mind. And then make sure you put it someplace where you can see it and be reminded that “the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear Him.” (v17) The benefits that God offers is a great thing to make sure we never forget. Now, excuse me as I have something important I need to do. If I can only remember what it is!