Have you ever seen a sunset so beautiful your eyes could not fully capture it? Or have you been awestruck at the intricate details on the face of a newborn baby?
How often do we acknowledge God’s mighty wonders all around us? Life, with all its twists and turns, can easily distract us from that.
“I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: Who is great a God as our God? Thou art the God that doest wonders: Thou hast declared thy strength among the people.” Psalm 77:13-14
We are about a week out from our baby girl’s open-heart surgery. She is only 6 months old, and this will be the second one she’s had. This one will be more invasive. A “full repair”, the surgeon calls it. This verse has weighed heavy in my heart as I’ve been reflecting on the victories behind us. The good parts.
The part where our NICU stay was reduced to days as opposed to months compared to other babies. The part where she survived a major surgery at only 2 months old. Those were the good parts.
I believe this is why the Psalmist first says in verse 11, “I will remember the works of the Lord: Surely I will remember thy wonders of old.”
Because remembering comes first. Then, when we are aware of how great He truly is, we gain courage to face the obstacles in front of us.
One of the best things we can do is remember, like the scripture says. Remember how He gives good gifts, writes the best stories, and makes beauty from ashes. In order to remember we must be intentional. It doesn’t happen by accident. God gives strength in our inability. It is then His great power shines. It is then we learn to recognize how big He is compared to our smallness.
We contend with our deep need to have Him near. It compels us to worship. It is why the scripture says, “I will remember thy wonders of old.”
If we remember what God has done, we can freely celebrate who He is.