Archive for Memories


Posted in 1 Timothy, Devotional Thought with tags , , , on June 24, 2008 by Lee

I am always amazed how smells, sights, sounds stir memories in me. The other day, Rhonda, the kids and I are in Mr. Boots – the smell of leather, the sight of pairs of boots lining the walls, the sound of the bell “ding” as people enter and leave the store all take me back to my childhood of being in that very store. My grandmother would take us there for school clothes and the occasional pair of boots for the start of school. I wore many of pair of wranglers from there and a few other stores through most of my school days.

I am at Kids Kamp with my home church last week. The combination of running around to exhaustion, the heat, and the smell of wet grass bring back vivid memories of two-a-day football practices in high school.

Today, I am sitting in a hospital room with my son Micah. The sound of the IV pumping, the smell of a disinfectant in the air, the sight of stainless steel door knobs bring back the memory of being here with Micah only 3 months ago. This stay should only be precautionary; hopefully, we are going home in the morning.

Memory is a powerful thing. It vividly records the very experiences of our life which shape the future. Much of these recordings are stored away in the vastness of our memories. A lot like old photo albums boxed and put in a closet or attic. Some of our recordings will never be replayed. But others are awakened from their stored slumber, triggered by the right word, sound, smell or sight.

Paul seems to have one of these flashbacks. He is writing a letter to his disciple Timothy. In the 1 Timothy 1:12, Paul begins to talk of his past; he mentions who he used to be and what he did while he was this person.

I wonder what triggered this thought. Was it a sound from outside, the smell of dust in the air, or was it the sight of someone’s tunic. Was it a specific memory? Was he reminded of the day Stephen was stoned? I don’t know.

Paul talked about who he was, the memory aroused by something. Yet as the playback reminded him of who he was it also reminded him of the new person he had become. It aroused the playback of God’s saving grace lavished upon him, of God’s mercy upon him giving him reason to rejoice and celebrate. He was an example of what God can do in the life of “the worst of sinners.”

What has God saved you from? How has God changed your life? Make a list – let it give you cause for rejoicing as you consider the work of grace God has done in your own life.