As my vehicle transports me westward through Tucson, memory carries me backwards when I called this city home. Its mountain range was the scenic backdrop during the bulk of my childhood. I dream about it still.
If time wasn’t a factor, I’d spend the day searching for landmarks, hoping my memories remained reality. Is the rope swing still hanging from the tree? Are the neighbors the same? Would Buttons, our black and white cat, be sitting on the backyard fence?
Remembrance brings tears. Wishing I could travel back in time. Knowing I can’t.
Sweet memories rise like creme to the surface, negating any bad remembrances. But is anything gained by looking at yesterday? Lessons learned? Friendships made? Turning points …
My heart flutters. Jesus Christ became my Lord and Savior when I lived in Tucson. It was here I received my first Bible: a white leather, King James Version, with my name engraved on the front cover. I remember the desire He planted in my twelve-year-old heart to follow Him, know Him.
How could I walk this earthly journey “by faith and not by sight” if I didn’t recall God’s faithfulness during my life?
His Word repeatedly says, “Remember”…
- “The deeds of the LORD and His miracles of long ago” (Psalm 77:11).
- “God is our Rock; that God Most High is our Redeemer” (Psalm 78:35).
- “Life is fleeting” (Psalm 89:47).
- “To obey God’s commands” (Numbers 15:40).
- “Words the Lord Jesus himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive‘ ” (Acts 20:35).
- “Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel…” (2 Tim. 2:8).
- “The poor” (Galatians 2:10).
- “Each other in prayer” (2 Tim. 1:3).
- “Those in prison” (Hebrews 13:3).
- “Your leaders, who spoke the Word of God to you...” (Heb. 13:7).
Plus the multitude of scripture which says “God remembers.” He remembers His people, His covenant, His promises.
A highway patrol car passes on my left, pulling thoughts back to the moment. New homes and freeway overpasses show the city is expanding. In my mid-teens, I moved away. But Tucson isn’t a ghost town or stuck in the past. It’s progressing, thriving like me after all these years.
And God, the Redeemer who sought a twelve-year-old girl in Tucson, is still leading me on the highway of life.
Jesus Christ, the Alpha and Omega. The beginning and the end.
That’s something to remember every day.
Remembering Him, even in this……