Did you forget you had an appointment?
Young or old- we all forget!
The missed appointment
On Friday morning last week, I called Sandy, the woman who does my hair and I asked, “Do I have a haircut tonight?” She answered by telling me I had an appointment last night... and had missed it! After apologizing profusely...she was kind and gracious to me and rescheduled it for the next week on Tuesday.
Tuesday came around and it was a particularly long, difficult day...I had to drive an hour and a half to see a client and then back home. I had paperwork to do, housework, dinner to make, and as I lay in bed that night, I all of the sudden bolted upright in horror…I had forgotten my hair appointment...AGAIN!
The next day, I was extremely embarrassed as I called Sandy...again. This time I told her I would pay double for my haircut as I felt it wasn’t fair to her that I had missed our appointment. She again graciously said that it was OK and asked "would you like to make another appointment?". At this point, I felt as if I had no right to an appointment! However, my hair was a mess so I asked her what her next available time would be. She gave me an appointment for the following day.
This time I was determined not to forget. I wrote a big note to myself "APPOINTMENT TOMORROW- DON'T MISS". I placed in on a counter in my bathroom so I would be sure to see it. There was no way I would forget my appointment again!. My husband even reminded me of the appointment. Today is the day, and I remembered.
This situation made me think of a passage in Deuteronomy 6:4-9 that says:
"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates."
God instructed the Israelites to write, and remember his words. If you are like me and can’t remember the simple things, like a hair cut appointment, how much more important to remember God's Word?
But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word,retain it [remember it], and by persevering produce a crop.
Write it in your prayer journal
Remember the Words of God and Answers to Prayer
God knows we are prone to forgetfulness. Our lives get hurried and busy. Our calendars quickly fill up with all of our "to dos". Forgetting things is a common problem. I have found it helpful to write random notes to myself and put them in places where I will see them. I also have a journal that I write in for more permanent reminders.
I love writing down my prayers in my journal and verses that held a special meaning at a particular time in my life. If I write these things down, it helps me to remember God's faithfulness...especially in times that seem uncertain when I feel that I have lost my way.
Remembering God's word was an important lesson for the children of Israel and it is no less important for us today. Write down and remember what God has done in your life. Don't miss or forget your divine appointments!
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