October 10, 2016
Remember the Day
And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place. – Exodus 13:3
The bumper sticker read, “I FOUND IT,” meaning someone had found salvation through Jesus Christ. For that sticker to apply to me, it would have to say, “HE FOUND ME.” I was lost, but Jesus found me! Never will I forget that day.
Moses commanded the Children of Israel to remember the day of their deliverance. Remembering would help them to appreciate what the Lord had done and not return to the misery of bondage. I love to rehearse the details of the day God became real to me—it thrills my soul! He took me out of bondage and set me free forever.
Imagine being lost deep in a forest, with tall trees blocking the light of the sun and brush hiding any pathway. Visualize yourself on a raft in the middle of a stormy sea; no clue where you are or how to get to safety, and no radio or other means of contacting help. Think of being lost in a big foreign city where no one speaks your language. That is how I felt before God found me—fear filled my heart and tears filled my eyes until I could not see. I had no hope of tomorrow being better if I survived today.
One night, at about eleven thirty, I had all I could take of the turmoil I was in. I threw myself down at my chair in the living room and sobbed. “God,” I pleaded, “if You will untangle the mess I have made of my life, I will do anything You ask, go anywhere, say anything. If You have a reason for my being where I am, show me. If not, please get me out.” I did not know how to pray, but at that moment a faithful, loving, merciful God heard my soul’s cry and came into my heart. I did not know what had happened, but I remember getting up from my knees and feeling light and free, somehow knowing that from then on things would be all right.
What a miracle! Overnight, God untangled the circumstances of my life and set me free. I went out on the back deck and suddenly the sky was so blue, the air so fresh, and the trees so beautiful. I was actually seeing the world God created with new eyes.
Jesus came “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). He did that for me, and I truly believe that if I were the only one in the world, Jesus still would have died for just me. Has God found you? If so, take Moses’ advice and rehearse the circumstances again. Tell someone else, too! Remembering will give us spiritual strength and courage.