Running around a coffee table with a scarf over my head…choking on a Life Saver candy as my older sister pounded on my back to help…or forcing a pet guinea pig to stay seated on a wash rag as we watched cartoons…
As we get older our childhood memories tend to become snapshots scattered on a wall rather than events on a timeline. So I’m not quite sure if these were actually my first memories. I do know they were some of the first. I am positive there was a good reason for the scarf and the guinea pig training session in my three year old mind. I am also positive my sister pretty much saved my life that day.
Unlike innocent childhood memories, there are actually moments and even seasons in your past you would prefer to forget. In fact, each time the memory seeps it’s way into your mind you become tense, angry, embarrassed, defeated,… or victimized all over again. It often feels like your actions today are a direct result of that season you long to forget. You become so aware and affected by it that you are sure your entire future will, in some way, be tainted by it.
The past, the future, and the now. There is a description for God that corresponds to our every moment. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”- Revelation 1:8
Exodus 3:14 gives another description- “I AM…” You think that trusted comfortable sweatshirt you have worn since high school is a timeless jewel? Try the Great I AM on for size. God has a way of taking our past and using it as a resource for our future. You cannot go back but He can. He is not bound by time. He is, to say it plainly, timeless. He can redeem every moment you have regretted, every mistake you have made, and every hurt that was done to you.
“…’Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”-Revelation 4:8
No timeline can contain our God!