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One Thing to Remember

by Joanna Pierce on November 16, 2016

When I was a young girl, my mother would frequently ask me to play outside alongside my sister as our youngest sibling napped in the afternoon. As all parents are well aware, naps are much warranted in the early afternoon and aid in a small segment of sanity during the busy day. With three girls, afternoon naps were absolutely required in our household, and if my youngest sister didn’t get her nap, everyone suffered.

One particular afternoon, my mother hurried us out the front door with a random warning for the day—don’t ring the doorbell. As I was of a mischievous age—what child isn’t—and prone not to listen to my parents, all I wanted to do was ring the doorbell since I had been instructed very severely to abstain.

To make a long story short, during naptime that day, my fingers made contact with the doorbell. Big surprise. My sister awoke screaming from her nap, and my mother materialized via whirlwind in the entryway of the house. When my sister and I were questioned as to which one of us rang the doorbell, I sheepishly pointed my finger and my sister and said, “she did it.”

I lied. And, it has been a lie that has been the most memorable for my family through the years. While I confessed later, this sin haunted my memory years later.

Some time ago, I shared in a blog post had I had a bit of a lying problem as a child, and this was one lie that would live in infamy, never to be forgotten. Or, so I believed.

I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins (Isaiah 43:25, KJV).

Have you ever made a mistake, never to escape your memory? Something you’ve done that’s so terrible you would give anything to go back in time and change it?

When I began my walk with Christ, I repented for everything I had ever done—including ringing that doorbell and lying about it all those years ago. Jesus was merciful and forgave me of my sins—every one I had committed from the beginning of time, and all that I would commit far into the future. The same holds true for all who repent of their sins and seek a life in Christ Jesus.

Although God is the wisest and knowledgeable of us all, being the Creator of everything, I have one claim God can’t even make. One source of knowledge He doesn’t have. That, dear reader is my doorbell lie.

God allows us to remember our mistakes, our sins, so we learn and don’t make them ever again. While we reflect upon our sins, He’s promised to forget them. He’s washed every sin stain away with His precious blood, so our past is without blemish.

For God, the ringing doorbell is not even a distant memory in His ears; it’s silenced forever. My doorbell perjury has been forgotten as far as the east is from the west (Psalms 103:12). But, for a time, the bell—the lie—still rung in my ears.

We all walk around daily knowing things God doesn’t know: the sins of our past. But, we should rejoice in knowing there isn’t a sin too great that God can’t forgive and forget. Instead of remembering our failures—the things God doesn’t remember—let’s focus on what’s really on God’s mind. Our future.