November 27, 2018
And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. – Deuteronomy 11:19
One day last fall as we were driving to Seattle, the leaves were vivid with color. They had not only turned yellow, but
mixed in were brilliant hues of red, orange, and green. These trees brought back memories of my childhood. We lived in the hills of western Oregon,
and there was one particular hillside
that would come alive with the fall colors every autumn. This picture is etched in my memory and I will never forget it.
Memories can be powerful. We can be years or even decades past a particular event, when something triggers a memory of it. As I was dwelling on my recollections of our home in Western Oregon, there were other special memories that came to mind. Just as vividly as I can see the hillside of fall trees, I also remember a mother who prayed. After the older children would leave for school, Mom would kneel by a chair and pour her heart out to God. I would awaken in the night to hear my mother praying by her bed. At times she would go off into the woods to commune with her Lord. Some mornings, I would lie in bed beside her and she would tell me Bible stories. Other times, she would gather our family around to read the Bible and then lead us in prayer.
These memories made a deep impression on me. From my earliest childhood, I wanted to be like my mother. I wanted to serve the same God who gave her the desire to pray and read her Bible. I am glad I gave my life to God at an early age, and, of course, that is a memory I will never forget!
What kind of memories are we making for our loved ones? Are we setting a good example of reading the Bible, praying always, and telling Bible stories to our children or grandchildren? God will use these memories to talk to their hearts later on in life, but He cannot trigger a memory of an event that did not take place. In our focus verse, Moses said we should teach the Word to our children when we sit in our houses, when we walk by the way, when we lie down, and when we arise. What better memories could we make for our family?