the posture for remembering

My kids and I love playing the game of LIFE. My boys like to make lots of money and my girls love to land on the "Twins" space. They always say, "We're twins!" and then choose two little pink pegs to place in their car. I get nervous when I come to a crossroad and I'm forced to choose between two paths. The funny thing is, in 8 spaces the two roads will converge again, so it really doesn't matter. And, most importantly, it's just a game. But what do you do when it's not just a game? What do you do when you have several good job offers on the table and you have to choose one? I know the correct answer is you pray like crazy. But during this waiting time, this holding pattern, I've learned a few things.

One thing I've learned is to remember. I've had to force myself to look back and remember that God has always been faithful to lead me and give me peace in the waiting and in the going. Always. He's always done this. So why not now? I can relate so well with the Israelites in the Old Testament. Moses was always reminding them to remember. Remember the Red Sea. Remember the manna.

I keep a grip on hope when I remember.  --Lamentations 3

This morning in church we took communion. Something beautiful happened as I joined in to remember Jesus' sacrifice. I lifted my head to drink the little cup in my hand, and thought to myself, "This is the posture for remembering...my head lifted up." When I lift my gaze to Him, I remember His goodness to me.

But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head.  --Psalm 3:3

This morning, Jesus' sacrifice caused me to look up and to remember.


Jeremy and Amy said...

Beautiful thoughts, my friend! Something God reminded me of yesterday, as well. Praying for you.

Sweet Annabelle said...

Love that! And isn't it cool how the Israelites tell the story of their deliverance OVER and OVER - we do well to recite our stories of His faithfulness in the same way. Great reminder! Thank You!



Cheryl said...

Love you so much Jenny - please keep posting your thoughts - you are such an encouragement to me and I know to others -

~nanashouse~ said...

Such a sweet thought. I always think I should bow my head in remembrance. We are commanded to keep looking up to that glorious day. Thank you.

Angie said...

Such a beautiful post.

I heard you have a story for me... It did get passed on to me ;) I have just a small story for you. he he I don't seem to have your email anymore. Are you on facebook?

Jenny said...

How fun, Angie! Did you have a "sighting" too? No, I'm not on Facebook anymore. I'll try to track down your email so I can send you mine.

Anonymous said...

Hello! I was thinking about you and your lovely post as I was playing board games with my five year old daughter. We have never played the game of life together but we played chutes and ladders. Praying that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

Chelle said...

I have just read through the last few posts with tears in my eyes...it's so special to catch up with the beautiful and often bittersweet goings on of you and your dear little family. I miss you Jenny. I treasure and glean so much wisdom from your beautiful heart and how you always see and point back to Jesus.
We have been without a home computer for over a month now, so I am playing catch up tonight on David's work laptop. And just missing you.:)