remember what God has done in the past.

Over the past month, I’ve been attempting to return to my regular pace pre-surgery. Let’s just say it has not all gone as expected, causing me to feel fearful, and leaving me to wonder the “what if’s?” Then I saw the chair.

Not yet being able to style my hair myself as before, I made an appointment to see a hair stylist. This was my second time in this particular salon. The first time I went, my husband ensured special adjustments were made and assistance given to help me in the reclined chair and to help me out of the reclined chair. This time, without consideration, I sat down and eased myself back with minor discomfort. It was not until the stylist completed her masterpiece that I realized how much improvement I have made. It seems that I had forgotten the measure of healing God has already completed in me.

Have you ever scurried around the house looking for that “thing?” Can’t remember where you last left it— only to remember you already put it in your pocket, purse or worse, it was in your hand the entire time? Funny how the human brain functions at times. It seems we tend to forget all too easily.

When we forget what God has done in the past, (job saved, test passed, loan paid, child healed, friend made, relationship speared, sickness abated, life extended) the smallest current obstacle seems insurmountable. The least present difficulty leaves us cowering in fear, pushing us to act and react foolishly instead of in faith.

Today, my husband reminded me of the things I had forgotten. He listed the milestones in my recovery over the past 6 months. I am not where I was before. I might not be fully recovered, but I’m certainly not where I was 6 months ago. The same God who has started this good work in me will see it through to completion. This great God who has been with me before, is still with me now. I know I need not fear, but instead take time to remember.

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NLT