That incredible ability to remember might at first seem like a great blessing. As I look back on my life so much of what has happened I have forgotten. An awful lot of what has gone on in my life has faded into the mists of time and I wish I could recall it better. Not long ago Laurie and I were asked how we handled a particular issue when we were raising our kids and we simply couldn’t remember. I wish I could recall such things more clearly. I wish through memories I could go back to the past and relive some of the wonderful days of my life. Memories enable us to again experience the past and it saddens me that so much of my life has been forgotten. However, they say that hyperthymesia actually is not as much of a blessing as it might seem. Those who have this condition at times are overwhelmed by the flood of memories and have a tendency to live in the past. Jill Price has said that her remembrances are a burden and that they are “non-stop, uncontrollable and totally exhausting.” In a sense she wishes she could be free of the past.
Perhaps this is why it is common to encounter the command to remember in the Bible. Psalm 105:5 says, “Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles and the judgments he pronounced.” 2 Timothy 2:8 says, “Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead.” My ability to trust God is directly proportional to my belief in his faithfulness and goodness to me. There will be times when I will not see his goodness in my circumstances. Scripture warns me of this. These are times when faith is tested, and according to James 1:2-4 the testing of our faith is absolutely necessary for us to become mature in Christ. In such times it is essential and it is urgent to remember. Remember that Jesus Christ died so that we might live and that he conquered death on our behalf. Remember that God has answered prayer so powerfully in the past, that he has comforted us in difficult times and strengthened us when we felt weak. Remember and never forget, for it is when we remember that we know our God is there, he is faithful and he is good. Remember that we can trust him.