Sometimes I have short-term memory loss. I was telling one of my friends that I couldn’t remember what I had forgotten and we both laughed. I don’t get too concerned about my forgetfulness. My maternal grandmother was quite forgetful, and my own mother can get lost in the same town that she has lived in for years. Even my own daughter has her times of memory lapses.
With this propensity to forget or confuse things, I’ve got my own way of keeping things straight in my mind – important things that is. Things like what kind of cake makes me a real life “Betty Crocker” and what kind of raisin bran cereal suits me best. If I’m at the store and I can’t remember what kind of cake I like for baking, then I sing a short line of a commercial… “Pillsbury does it best” and “Two scoops of raisins in my Kellogg’s Raisin Bran.”
My songs may seem silly, but they help me to remember things that are important to me. I have used songs in my Christian faith also. One song a girlfriend and I started singing out loud as we wandered around the campus of a retreat stated, “I anticipate the inevitable, supernatural, intervention of God. I expect a miracle! I expect a miracle!”
We were desperate for two different reasons. My girlfriend wanted to be in a room where the women were going to be up half the night; and I just wanted to rest! I was on retreat, and I didn’t want to have to go home to all of my responsibilities all burned out! We ended up so full of joy and excitement for what the Lord was going to do that we were dancing from here to there looking for our place to belong and singing our hearts out!
It worked out so miraculously that all we could do was praise the Lord! He had so very greatly provided! She ended up in a room full of cackling hens and could not have been happier. I ended up in a room that actually had the conference leaders in it, so the evenings were quiet as we all wanted to be well rested.
The mornings were full of songs in the Spirit when we were getting ready to minister the Word to the women! What a blessed adventure, and it all started out with a song of anticipation and belief!
“Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.”
– Psalm 30:4 (KJV)
“Help me Lord never to forget your lovingkindness and the goodness that you have shown to me. When I am down please bring a song of remembrance to my heart. Help me to remember when…”