Scripture for Today: Lamentations 3:21-23 “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”
What on earth does an iron have to do with today’s topic of remembering?? Except maybe the problem of remembering to turn off the iron! This is one of those times when speaking another language gives some fun insight. The words “call to mind”or “remember” are translated in French as “repasser.” This word means to pass over something again and again. The iron in French is a “fer à repasser.” Of course in ironing that is what we do, go over a wrinkle over and over until it’s smoothed out.
We are told in our verse to remember His GREAT love, His compassions and His faithfulness. In doing so we can live with hope. My problem is that I often forget. My heart must be made of linen, a material difficult to iron. I have to go over and over these truths to make them stick. But if we continue with this image of an iron, we can see how it takes pressure and heat to be effective.
It is because of trials that I can say with confidence that God is loving, compassionate and faithful. Somehow, the heat and pressure of hard times improves my memory. I wish it did not take trials to remember, but it does. When I look back on the difficulties He has brought me through, I am always reminded of His love and faithfulness to me. Today I want to call these truths to mind without the stimulus of a trial.
Lord, help me to focus on Your great love, Your compassions and Your faithfulness!