This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “anniversary,” which was chosen as this is Kate’s fourth anniversary of running the Five Minute Friday link-up. It is a wonderful community and I encourage you to check it out!
Anniversaries are those dates engraved on our minds- times to celebrate or times to look back and remember.
Whether they are joyful occasions, such as wedding anniversaries, or painful ones, such as the anniversary of a loved one’s death, they are dates that will never be forgotten, that will always hold a special significance.
As I think of anniversaries, a series of dates comes to mind that will have no significance to anyone but me: 6th November, 7th March, 7th May, 10th January…
Even those who are close to me would be unable to explain their significance, but every time I write one of those dates I can’t help but remember. They were all times when I encountered God in a way that was transformative: truly grasping his love for the first time, bringing the secrets I’d held for so many years into the light, being baptised, entering into the “spacious place” of freedom in Him.
I’m grateful for anniversaries, that these dates call me back to remember what God has done. The celebrations are quiet- taking time to reflect and pray, worshipping or journaling- but remembering the joy and hope of these moments gives me strength to keep moving forwards.
Remembering is so important.
I’ve been reading in the book of Judges lately and it highlights all too clearly the danger of forgetting. After a long and arduous journey, the Israelites have made it to the Promised Land. At first it goes well- they begin to defeat the other tribes and conquer the land- but then…“another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel.” (Judges 2:10 NLT)
It is a downward spiral from that point on, and it all stems from a failure to remember.
So let’s hold on to those special moments with God- the big and the small. Let’s remember, let’s celebrate, and let’s never forget!
“Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.” (Deuteronomy 4:9 NLT)
I’d love to know: Do you have any special anniversaries of encounters with God? What do you do to celebrate and remember?