It resembled a small flip mobile phone. Small and sleek, it could easily fit in one’s pocket or purse. It was a UV wand and nearly everyone carried one. Stores and online shopping sites could not keep them in stock. Here is an example.
It was only three years when the world was gripped by the COVID pandemic. This UV wand and similar devices were ubiquitous. We had several in our home and I purchased one for each of my co-workers to sterilize their workspaces. In spite of this, one co-worker did not remember what it was when I showed it to him. How quickly we forget!
The chaos of COVID disrupted everyone’s lives. For many, including myself, we all said “Good riddance!” at the end of 2020 only to learn that 2021 was not very different. Many habits which I acquired during the pandemic, I still practice. I have a drawer of reusable cloth face masks, which I still use. I have a desktop UV sterilizer which my cell phone is placed in everyday. Yet, as my co-worker demonstrated, our memories, even of recent events, may be fleeting and selective.
Depending upon the Bible translation, the word “remember” and its variants are cited over five hundred times. God continually reminds us of the promises He has kept. Especially during traumatic events, our memories may falter. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ understood this. After spending three years with His disciples, Jesus told them that He would soon die and be resurrected on the third day. The Messiah would die! There could be no more jarring or disturbing news than this.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
John 14:26 (NASB)
Three years after it began, the world is still reeling from COVID. Yet, even now, some memories of commonplace events are fading. For three years, Jesus Christ lived on this earth with His disciples. Yet, even in His constant presence, they still did not remember everything He taught or did. They would be cowering in fear when He was crucified but three days later, His glorious Resurrection proved that He is God by conquering sin and death. He sent the Holy Spirit to remind them of everything He taught and promised them. Everyone who places their faith in Jesus Christ will receive the comforts of His Holy Spirit so that we will always remember His promises.
Our memories are faulty and fleeting. Thanks be to God that His Holy Spirit we can never be reminded enough of what God has done through us by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.