stringWe all have them, those moments where we simply forget.  As I sat down to write today’s post I realized just how dusty my keyboard was.  I got up from my desk and walked out to the garage to get a can of compressed air.  We all know that posts are better when typed with a clean keyboard.  Somewhere between the office and the garage the idea completely left my mind.  I stood by my workbench for about 10 seconds realizing that I was not going to will myself to remember.

So I grabbed the superglue on my bench and went back into the house to fix my wife teapot. Having successfully glued the handle back on the lid I returned to my keyboard.  Once I sat down I realized just how dusty my keyboard was.  I got up from my desk and walked out to the garage to get a can of compressed air.  I returned triumphant with a can of compressed air.  As you can tell from my typing, my keyboard is now much cleaner.

I have learned a number of memory issues over the years.  I have been known to call my own office phone and leave myself a message.  I have set random odd objects on my front seat in the car to remind me about something I wanted to do next time I got to my car.  I have used a Franklin, even before Franklin met Covey.  I have used a digital voice recorder.  I have used a long list of productivity and list making apps.  These things all work in various forms and for various seasons.

Today I was reading the familiar account from Genesis 6-9 of Noah and the great flood. In the reading today I discovered something I had not seen before in my 52 years of life. (Unless I forgot it)  When Noah leaves the ark, along with all the animals and his family, God makes a covenant with Noah.

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

Genesis 9:8-16

It struck me in the reading of this passage that the Rainbow serves as a reminder to God.  While I know that it is a sign to us as well, He speaks of it as a reminder for Him.  As I ponder this I’m struck by the fact that God watches us closely enough to catch the fleeting rainbows that follow a storm.  What a wonderful thought that God not only is present in the storm, but is with us after the storm and enjoys the rainbow along with us.

Since I also am well aware of God’s ability to remember what he chooses, and forget what he chooses, I’m glad he remembers His promises.  He has marked so much of our daily life with reminders of his presence.  As I write looking out my office window on a beautiful fall day I’m reminded in the amazing yellows and reds of this season of the Joy God puts into our everyday life!

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