Without looking at a calendar, do you remember what you did one month ago today? How about what you ate for supper one week ago? Probably not. But you most likely remember where you went on your last vacation or trip, what you did, and maybe even some of the restaurants where you dined. Vacations create memories that can last for a long time—sometimes an entire lifetime. What kind of memories do you think you’ll make on your vacation this year?
That we should remember is one of the strongest messages in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament. The Bible makes it clear that God wanted his people to remember what he had done for them in the past. He wanted them to remember that he had saved them from difficult situations, that he had been faithful to them since the beginning of time, and that he had given them special blessings even while they traveled from place to place.
As they recalled his goodness, God’s people would know that they could go into every new day, every new situation with confidence, knowing their Lord would be with them.
In the New Testament, just before Jesus was taken away to be crucified, he met with his disciples and shared a very special meal with them in the Upper Room. As he gave them the bread and as they drank from the cup, he said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” He wanted his disciples to remember what he had done—and what he would continue to do—for them.
When we remember Jesus’ death and resurrection, it strengthens us as we head into a new day, situation, or adventure.
What memories has God created in your life in the last twenty-four hours, the last week, or on your last vacation?
Read Psalm 77:11.
Prayer: Lord, I have great memories of your blessings in my life. Help me to never forget or take those memories for granted as I begin each new day. Give each of us joyful memories as we head into this vacation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Editor’s note: If you’re looking for ways to stay in touch with families while they vacation this summer, consider printing out one or both sets of free family devotions for vacationers CTA makes available FREE on our website. Or simply share the link with members in your June newsletter.