“Our redemption means little to us if we don’t remember where we’ve come from.”
If we are in Christ, we have an exodus story. We have a story where the Lord led us right up to the Red Sea, but it didn’t stop there. For many of us, our story is much like the Israelites and their time in slavery. Our past is filled with hard things, things we would rather forget. But when faced with a sea in front of us that seems impossible to cross, the things behind us and the way we were seems much easier and safer.
But God came. He comes.
He redeems us.
He opens wide the seas and gets us across.
We look behind us and see the horses, chariots and Egyptians that have been crushed.
and He does that to our past.
He takes those things that have hurt us and crushes them.
He gives my story a new ending.
“Sacred remembering is always about what we do with pain and hope…’pain that isn’t transformed is transmitted.’ In one way or another our futures rest on the shoulders of how we remember our past.”
This is the key to my exodus story. I need to remember it.
But I need to view it through His lens. Looking at my past as redemption. Not focusing on all the things that were missing, but focusing on how I’ve been found. I can hem and haw about all the issues with my upbringing and what I didn’t have and how hard it makes my parenting today. Or, I can see all the ways that God met me and brought me to His feet, even in the midst of an unbelieving family. That is redemption. I can see all the ways that the Lord has brought me through Red Sea after Red Sea, instead of being stuck looking at the chariots that were driving after me.
“Jesus suffered to give me a new future and a constant hope.”
I have scars to be sure, but so does the One who knows my past and pain even more than I will ever understand.
Great and marvelous are your deeds,
Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
King of the nations.
Who will not fear you, Lord,
and bring glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed
~ Revelation 15: 3-4
(all quotes taken from Invitations from God by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun)