Memory

Posted by John Lindsay on 2nd October 2018 in News

Adam awoke each morning to sunshine in a beautiful garden. Fresh water flowed freely from springs. There were no thorns or thistles. After a time he had named every animal, bird and creeping thing he saw – and he remembered. But something was missing. So, God put Adam to sleep and when he awoke he saw Eve, the picture of perfection. He was now a learned man who instantly became a teacher. He escorted his bride through the garden instructing her of every living thing – and she remembered. They ate together. They laughed together. They cared for each other. They explored their garden and saw things through each others eyes. They knew God. They were different and they were the same – and they remembered.

If all good things must come to an end it is because man is easily influenced based on their desire to more. When God clearly warns of the consequence of a single misdeed, and all the evidence of experience and time have shown his words to be true, how great the fall from a single misstep. Adam and Eve saw their nakedness and were ashamed, and, for the first time, had a reason to forget.

What a cruel fate to find yourself an outcast in a land cursed by God because of your disobedience. How regrettable to have both the image of the garden and your indiscretion; the perfect past and inescapable present and future engraved in the forefront of your memory. Imagine the level of torment when the power to remember becomes a curse. This would have certainly qualified as a time for God to allow the brain to suppress certain memories for its own good.

The memories which fall through the crack aren’t limited by type. They are suspended now only by what we choose to remember. The death of Abel by the hand of his brother, Cane, no doubt raised their parents’ need to forget to a higher level. In Genesis 27:45, Rebekah told Isaac she would send for him (which she never did) once Esau forgot what he did to him. Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.

Even actions which are in line with the will of God can cause others to become resentful. Those who choose to remember the indiscretions of others do not have an issue with someone else’s behavior but with God’s sovereignty. The fact God enabled memories to fade over time should give us hope. Through the grace of God we can choose to forget what others have done to us to the extent of restoring relationships. We must simply decide not to continually remind ourselves of what God deems less important.

Paul writes in Philippians 3:13-14, 13 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” We have the power to put our past in its proper perspective and hold captive any destructive inhibitor and distraction through where we choose to place our focus. Those who fail to leave the past where it belongs will have a tendency to invoke havoc. 

Rarely have the memories of two individuals so polarized a nation than in America in late September of 2018. Supreme Court Judge nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, gave their sworn testimonies before the world. The political climate caused by the diabolical resistance of the left to protect their precious Roe v Wade, and the right’s obligation to keep holy the presumption of innocence and due process, has distracted everyone from a revealing factor. Judge Kavanaugh was being forced to remember where he was 36 prior while Dr. Ford chose not to forget.
What good comes from someone choosing to hold tightly to something which happened so long ago, especially a scuffle where no one was even accidentally physically harmed? Most would consider such a misfortune more of an inconvenience than an assault. Few human beings are sheltered to the extent their life experience is free from suffering traumatic events equal to the one Dr. Ford is alleging. Life is fraught with far more intense hardships, both physical and emotional, and, for those who believe the Bible, typically find themselves wiser because of them.
Considering the relative mildness of the so-called assault, one could be certain something far worse happened to Dr. Ford at some point, yet no greater sexual attack was reported. If something more invasive occurred (which is probable), why is all the focus on a far less dangerous assailant and a blind eye given to someone whose actions would have caused far more emotional damage?
Even if this event occurred exactly as Dr. Ford described, how could anyone who sees the Godly influence in someone else’s life evidenced by the service to their community and devotion to family remain unforgiving their entire adult life? Why would anyone hold on to something relatively inconsequential for so long and inhibit the natural healing power of the brain by choosing not to forget?
The trials we overcome can make us stronger only when we choose not to dwell on them. Judge Kavenaugh and his family will undoubtedly over time be strengthened by this egregious attack because they know by allowing such an event to define them weakens the spirit through self-victimization. We can only hope a professor of psychology like Dr. Ford will be like-minded.

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