Throwback Thursday of God
Trends come and go on social media and by the time I recognize them, something new has taken place. One popular trend that took off a few years ago is "Throwback Thursday" (#tbt). I don’t see #tbt posts as frequently today, but when I do, I enjoy the photos. It’s amazing how quickly one photo can stir up memories from the past. Pictures take us back to a time where we recall conversations, sites, and sounds.
My cousins, Nancy and Steve, are in the photo above. I wasn’t born when the photo was taken and yet it triggered memories from a sunny, summer day when my parents and siblings were at their home. I remember fondly the days our parents would sit for hours and play pinochle and listening to their stories from our ancestors from Oklahoma and Arkansas.
I enjoy reminiscing of the “good ole days,” but I get really excited when I take time to be nostalgic about God. God wants us to remember what He has done and for reasons that go beyond our senses and for a feel-good moment.
Easter has come and gone, but we should never forget what the Cross represents for each of us. God’s perfect love is where Christ sacrificed so that we can be forgiven and healed. Never lose sight what Jesus did for you.
One other reason for having a “throwback” moment with God pertains to the accounts in the Bible when the Israelites did not remember the miracles you (God) had done for them.” Nehemiah 9:17
When the Israelites neglected to remember the former things they fell into sin. They turned their backs on God, forgot Him, and lived their lives satisfying their selfish, sinful desires.
When they had their “throwback” moments of what God did for them and their ancestors, many times over, they returned to God and asked for forgiveness. The good news is while they were living for self, God never abandoned them and He forgave them. Nehemiah 9:17
Sadly, one reason we are seeing moral decay in the United States is because we are ignoring and forgetting God. “We are witnessing the rapid deterioration of a nation right before our eyes. But there is hope: 2 Chronicles 7:14 calls out from the past with resounding clarity to America today: "If My people will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land." (S. Idelman, Charisma Magaine)
The Throwback Thursday trend may come and go, but a “throwback” with God should not. Get nostalgic of the goodness of God. Share your God-moments with others for this generation and generations to come. The God of the past is the God of the present.
God never abandons us and is waiting for us to return to Him. His mercy and grace is offered to us, again and again. It’s never too late to seek God and ask Him to forgive you.
The day I gave my heart to Jesus was the greatest day in my life.
“Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me.” Psalm 103:2 NLT