Gotta start somewhere.
“Write it down!”
“Did you write this down?”
Hey sweetie, you should write this down…”
The end of most of the conversations with my concerned fiancé. Whether it be a conversation about my ongoing physical and mental health complications, or my inability to look past the negatives to note the things I have forgotten, that I am grateful for.
That was a rough intro. Hi, I’m Claire, and I play the violin. Better?
I imagine that I’m not alone in feeling like I am “missing my life”. Small details slip my mind. Little tidbits about my relationships I should be maintaining fall by the wayside. After a week passes I often think “what did I even do this week?”.
“How was your weekend?”
“Pretty good! How was yours?”
(the truth? i think i just let it happen to me. where is the meaning in that?)
I’m writing this amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an absolutely overwhelming, and horrific time for health-care workers and essential employees ( I am SO grateful for those strong men and women). As a weary public school teacher, this time has been very stripped down, and eye-opening.
Something I have done a terrible job making time for, or a habit of, is running to the Word of God when I get anxious or tend towards despair. This season of social distancing, however, has made way for His Truth to fill my mind, in the form of morning reading, high quality daily devotionals from my church, and good teaching in various forms.
A theme that has really stuck out to me is r e m e m b r a n c e . God’s command for his people to remember what He has done, and what He promises to do. Additionally, the fact that God remembers. He is faithful to fulfill His promises to His people.
And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. [Exodus 2:24]
God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. [Exodus 3:15]
I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law. [Psalm 119:55]
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. [Psalm 77:11]
I have started this collection of writing to remember. To “write it down”. To get well, in knowing that life may not look like what I expect it to, or want it to.
To see my days, weeks, and months, like a story progressively unfolding, with themes of redemption, the beauty in the ordinary, and promises fulfilled in unexpected ways.
We have been invited to R E M E M B E R . What we’ve been brought out of, what our purpose is, where we’re going, and who is leading the way.
That is the purpose of this blog.