In our chapters from Psalms today, I’m reminded of how forgetful we are. Nowadays, one of my favorite apps is Evernote, when I remember to use it. Here’s an example of how it’s helped me. Sometime last year one of the headlights on my car burned out, so I went to my local auto parts store to buy a replacement. My car is ten years old, so it came out before the high intensity lights that are so common today. But I noticed that the store had some of them now that would fit my car. Who wouldn’t like brighter headlights, right? But then I noticed the price! Regular, stock bulbs were about $25, but the new-fangled bright lights were about $60! I stood there in the aisle for quite a while reading about how much brighter, and how much further the beam shined, but I couldn’t justify the extra cost, until I noticed that there was a 12 month warranty on them. The older, stock bulbs only had a 90 day warranty. Well, that was good enough for me. I pulled the trigger.
Guess what. One of the bulbs burned out last week. I knew that I bought them some time last year, and I remembered there was a 12 month warranty, but I couldn’t remember exactly how long ago I made the purchase. Evernote to the rescue. I took a photo of my original receipt and put it in Evernote. Today pulled out my trusty smart phone, opened the app, and hallelujah, Evernote shows that I bought the lights 10 months ago. So I went to the store and got a replacement set at no charge. Sweet. Evernote helped me remember what I could not.
We have terrible memories. And that’s why God reminds the children of Israel over and over, and why they repeat over and over, the great things He did for them, and the promises He made to them. And that’s one of the reasons we praise Him for the things He has done. It’s not to build up His ego, it’s to remind *us* so that we don’t forget. Yes, He deserves to be praised. But we need the reminder.
I even have a couple of notebooks in my Evernote that helps me remember God’s blessings, and what to pray for. When God blesses you, write it down somewhere in a journal or Evernote or a Google doc or whatever works for you. And then go back regularly to read the list. Remind yourself, as the people of Israel did. I think you’ll be amazed at how God works in you life, and how often He does, too.