I believe that it’s common knowledge that we all have things that we want to forget. Often times, the things we so desperately want to forget are the hurts, especially the wrongs committed against us. But what about our thoughts? Has there ever been anything that surfaces in your mind that you wished you couldn’t see, in your minds eye?
It could be a nightmare that you just can’t seem to forget. It could be an image of a horrible accident. It could be images from a horror movie that has left you feeling unsettled and fearful. It could even be an image that you associate with something you regret.
I have to admit that there has been a lot of things that I want to forget and never remember. Just to mention a few: when I was young, I had reoccurring nightmares of experiencing tornados. I also had a fear of going to sleep, because I thought I would wake up blind. Then there were the nightmares that came from watching movies that, I believe, nobody should watch. Those images were stuck in my head and there seemed to be no way to get them out.
All of these things, among others, instilled fear within me that I couldn’t shake. It would leave me paralyzed in my abilities to deal with everyday struggles.
I think of this today, because all of those fears are gone! It’s very interesting, though. I remember about those things, but I don’t see the images that recreate that fear in me. Yes. Sometimes they try to surface and present themselves, but I refuse to let my mind go there.
There are so many things in the Bible that, I believe, we fail to completely capture.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. –Romans 12:2 NIV
When we think about the Romans 12:2, we can often take from it that we are to seek to renew our minds by reading the Bible and to learn Gods ways, but there is so much more to it.
My fears were a pattern of this world. They did not come from God. When I made the decision to follow Jesus, I still dealt with a lot of fear, even though I did not realize it at the time. Being introduced to the idea of reading the Bible on a daily basis was something I wasn’t so sure about, but once I started to read – and gave thought to what I was reading – I would begin to feel peace come over me. My Bible became the one place I could go to just be me. It was where I could think about all I was dealing with and address them. When I read my Bible, I would also pray. I was raw about it. I didn’t try some sort of formula. I just got honest, not only with myself but with God. Doing this would start a journey that would change everything for me.
To Be Continued…..