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remember Me

They say that Ginko Biloba helps you to remember if you take it in the correct dosage. So do other things.

When I read John 2 with my human eyes about the day Jesus "made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area," it just does not seem to me like one of Jesus' top ten moments. In my feeble mind, this incident does not match up to the Jesus that I so often like to pray to: "Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like Yours." And yet-- they're one in the same. Jesus is perfect. Therefore, all of His moments on earth were top tens!

When I really look at the Scripture, I read that this was not just a walk-in, get-frustrated-and-turn-some-tables over-kind of event. This was pre-meditated. Jesus had to make the a cord . He had to think this through in advance. Jesus knew exactly what He was doing. He was in total control. He was being the meek and humble servant He always was. He was simply taking care of business--His Father's business. But why--in this way?

I can only imagine that it was quite the talk of the temple--the utter chaos that ensued. Doves were not the only thing flying away. There was money, there were sheep and oxen--OXEN! Do you know how BIG an OX is? Not to mention the people--what a stir! I am quite sure that was a day to remember! For days, even weeks or months, I bet people were saying, "Wow! Were you here the day that Jesus guy went nuts?! Not only did He knock over all of our stuff, drive away all of our critters, but He started talking about destroying the temple and RAISING IT BACK UP IN THREE DAYS!"

What kind of talk was that? I am sure that even His disciples were puzzled until...

We find in verses 21-22 that Scripture says,"Jesus was speaking about the temple of his Body. Therefore, when he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they came to believe the Scripture and the word Jesus had spoken."

Hmmm, this seemingly strange chaotic event that had happened, this incident that perhaps may seem so "out of character" for Jesus, this moment that stuck in their minds so vividly... it was remembering what He said at this moment that caused them to BELIEVE.

Dear Lord,

Help me to REMEMBER YOU in the moments of my own chaos! Help me to remember the promises in Your Word and the power that they contain. You did all things, no matter how strange they may have seemed, for a reason. Help me to have faith that even when strange things take place in my own life--YOU, Oh God, are still in control! I trust that You will never have random, meaningless things take place in my life, but that each thing that comes my way is for a reason, and that reason is because You love me...even if I don't understand it all.

Help me to keep remembering You, and when I do remember, may it lead me to belief.

I ask all of this

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


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