“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26 ESV
Some years back I fell in love with Mem Fox’s Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. A delightful book for children, beautifully illustrated, and very engaging. It was and will always be my very favorite read aloud.
However, it did not escape me the book is a tender picture of caring, giving, and grace.
You see, Wilfrid grew up living next to an old people’s home. He knew all the people that lived there. Loved them all. But his favorite person was Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt. He called her Miss Nancy and told her all of his secrets.
It came to Wilfrid’s attention one day that Miss Nancy had lost her memory. Through out the story Wilfrid goes to see his “old” friends to ask a very important question…”What’s a memory?” He is given many beautiful answers and begins to thoughtfully put a basket together to take with him on his next visit with Miss Nancy. At first she seems confused with Wilfrid’s gift, but as she picks up each treasure and tenderly holds it in her hands she begins to smile. And remember.
“She bounced the football to Wilfrid Gordon and remembered the day she had met him and all the secrets they had told.
And the two of them smiled and smiled because Miss Nancy’s memory had been found again by a small boy, who wasn’t very old either.”
I often give this book as a gift to friends when they celebrate a milestone birthday, it touches me so.
Every year as I embark on a new year, I commit to a scripture memory project. Each time, each new beginning, with a fresh index card spiral in hand, I’m reminded of Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge.
You see when it comes to scripture memorization I am a failure of epic proportions. My goal is always the same~twenty-four verses, two a month on the 1st and the 15th. Seems simple enough. At least through the first twelve or so. Then as Meg Ryan says in You’ve Got Mail…”Blank. When I need the words I go blank.”
It’s not only that I go blank after ten or twelve or so, I am overwhelmed. Who can pick just one? I. Want. It. All. So, I usually wind up procrastinating on picking a scripture. Which usually leads to me giving up. Good intentions turn to failure.
So this week when Beth Moore sent out her “Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015: Verse 3” blog, I was encouraged. At least about the memory part. The daunting task of picking just one, well that will require a meeting with my therapist~AKA my best friend! Praise the Lord, she knows me well, along with all of my OCD tendencies, and yet, she still loves me. Actually, I think I just make her laugh a lot and she gets a kick out of that.
But here is the thing that struck me the most in Beth’s blog…
“This I promise you: God’s objective for you and me in 2015 is not for us to memorize 24 verses. It’s for us to draw nearer and nearer to Him, love Him more, know Him more, trust Him more, and believe Him more. To let His Word go down deep where He wants it. To invite it fervently and proactively to abide in us and bring vivacious life to us. To meditate on His words and to prize them more than our daily bread.”
The next tip, what should be a no brainer, “throughout the entire process continually ask God to enable you to memorize.”
I don’t know where you are personally in The Word, but this I do know…the more I am immersed in His Word, the more I love Him, the more I want Him, the more I trust and depend on Him. I am consumed by Him. The more I can share Him.
Like Miss Nancy’s basket of priceless treasures to prompt her memories, God has a way of bringing back the words I was certain I had not remembered.
Open His Word, take an index spiral or a journal of some sort and begin to collect the treasure of His Words.
“…I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.” Job 23:12b~ESV
Graced by God