My heart...is full of leaks.
My memory has no retention,
I forget so easily the lessons learned,
And Thy truths seep away.
Give me a heart that carries home the water of grace.
The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions
What comes to mind when you think of the show Sesame Street? The theme song? Big Bird? Super Grover? Ernie and Bert? In our family, the most endearing and enduring memory that comes to mind is a character named Forgetful Jones.
The reason for this is that our oldest son was by nature a Forgetful Jones. During the basketball season, he lost countless gym bags, balls, and pairs of shoes. Throughout the school year, he’d forget to bring home his homework or turn in papers when they were due. In the middle of the coldest winters, innumerable pairs of gloves went missing and one winter he even lost his coat!
Poor old Forgetful Jones’ infamous last words were, “I forgot.” They were Erik’s mantra, too.
I wish that I could say I have no idea where his forgetfulness came from, but, as my Grandpa Simey always used to say, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
I'm afraid that Erik came by it naturally. For I, too, have been known to misplace my car keys, my glasses and have even lost a purse or two or three over the years. But, that's not all I forget...
When the world looks as if it is has gone mad, when evil seems to win the day, and hopelessness hangs heavy in the air, my heart, like my Puritan brothers and sisters of old, can spring a leak. The peace that Jesus promised, peace in the midst of trouble (John 16:33), can seep right out of my soul.
Yes! In the midst of so much pain, unrest, and the constant barrage of bad news, I can forget...
I can forget that God still sees every sparrow that falls to the ground (Matthew 10:29)...that He catches every tear that is shed (Psalm 56:8)...that He weeps too (John 11:35)...that despite what’s happening around our globe He still holds this old world of ours in His hands (Psalm 24:1), and one day He will hold all who perpetrate evil accountable (Romans 12:19-21).
I may forget...but, thank God, He never does!
Be careful that you do not forget...
Jesus is the Light of the world – His light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot extinguish it.
John 8:12 and 1:5
Forgetful Jones - I forgot about him from my Sesame Street watching days.
I forget everything. I forget to do things and, occasionally, I forget that I did something even though the evidence is staring me in the face. And, too easily, I forget God's truths at the times when I need to cling to them the most. I may forget God but He never forgets me!