The Tragedy of the Forgetful Heart - Guest Post



The light in my closet had been out since the day my husband & I moved into our first apartment. For a good month and a half, there was a steady decline of all organization as I'd go searching for a missing shoe in the dark and end up tossing things left and right. It was a mess.
A week or so ago my husband replaced the light bulb, and for the first time, I realized how much a light helps when digging through the rubble! It was silly how revolutionary the little light was.
This morning while on a hunt for a lost flip flop, I found myself down on my knees digging frantically in the dark when it hit me.


Turn on the light!

I was so used to the darkness I forgot there was another way. 
If it's not a deliberate wandering, how does this happen?
Oftentimes it's simply a forgetful heart. It's truly a tragedy.
in the same way we set alarms on our phones, sticky notes our the doors, and ask others to remind us of important occasions, may we place reminders everywhere.
everywhere.

Looking back I realized that all week I had continued in the dark, even though it was a simple flip of the switch to have a well-list closet!
When I flipped on the switch, my heart felt a tug.
So often our own forgetfulness keeps us from the good life-- the life illuminated by truth. Most of the time, I don't defiantly walk in darkness or seek out darkness to be rebellious. Yet, I still fall into darkness-- into seasons of self-doubt, insecurity, anxiety, & I wander from a close, growing relationship with Christ. 
Satan knows how we stumble; he knows my weaknesses. I'm not likely to fall prey to another belief system, but he knows I can be distracted. I can be distracted by friendships, by falling in love, & ambitions. He knows I can be distracted by good things. He knows that eventually I can get so used to the darkness I don't even realize I'm in the dark. 
He knows that I can forget that my whole worth & value comes only from Christ. He knows that I will forget all praise belongs to God when I get focused on myself. He knows that when darkness is the norm, I forget that there is Light that brings clarity to self, perspective to trials, and a passion for Christ & others.
It's silly for me to continue digging around my closet in the dark, but it's a tragedy for me to forget that my life is not mine to live. 
My prayer is that I get frustrated in the darkness & long for the light when I grow complacent. 
We're forgetful.  May we be intentional about remembering.



2 comments:

  1. this is so true. sometimes i get in a rut of being a particular way and don't realize i'm not on the path god would have for me. often it's a friend or even my children that [flip the switch] and i am reminded of who i belong to and that he has great plans for my life.

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  2. I love how God uses every day things to teach us his truths, and I love that physical reminder. Flip the switch, turn on the light!

    Thank you for sharing this!

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