Forget-Me-NotsJune 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Posted in Biblical Remembering, Common Expressions, I Corinthians | 3 Comments
Tags: 1 Corinthians 11, bridal traditions, communion devotionals, Ephesians 6, Jeremiah 2, Lord's Supper devotionals, memory problems, remembering Christ, the Lord's Supper, wedding traditions
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
I Corinthians 11:24, emphasis added
There are little flowers called forget-me-nots.
They are usually blue, but can be pink or white. The legend of their name says that in medieval times a knight and a maiden were walking beside the river. He saw some little blue flowers growing on the ground and decided to pick some for her. When he bent over, his armor was so heavy and cumbersome that he toppled over and fell in the river. As he was drowning, he threw the flowers to her, and said, “Forget me not.” Ever since then they have been worn by ladies who don’t want their husband or fiance’ to stop thinking about them.
If you are a married lady there is a good chance you were married in a fancy ceremony. You had a special dress and some special jewelry. Although you had a lot on your mind on the day of your wedding, there is no way you could have forgotten your dress or your special piece of jewelry. But even if you had forgotten the dress or the wedding ring, there is no way you could have forgotten the groom.
Jeremiah the prophet was ordained by God to preach a stern message of repentance to God’s people:
Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
A maid can’t forget her ornaments or her jewelry, and a bride can’t forget her wedding dress. She can not forget the man she’s marrying. But the people who make up God’s church? The people He saved from sin and from hell – we can forget Him???? The One who gives us every breath we breathe? The One who gives us food and water every day? The One who puts shelter over our heads and clothes on our backs? We forget Him? And not just for a moment, but “days without number” – too many to count!
Here are two obvious “forget-me-nots:” Meditate upon the Lord and tell others about Him. It’s hard to forget about Someone if you talk about Him all the time. He has ordained the Lord’s Supper to help us remember Him, not just while we’re participating in it – but all the time.
Here are some more forget-me-nots that might help us remember our God: Don’t miss one chance to pray. Don’t miss one chance to read the Bible.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Another forget-me-not: Don’t miss one chance to go to church. One missed service can turn into two missed services, and that has a way of turning into missed services “without number.”
Try this forget-me-not: earnest repentance. I used to live in a house that was bordered by a dirt road. My neighbor, an elderly gentleman, would frequently spray this road down with his water hose. By doing so, he was able to keep the dust clouds to a minimum and more easily see what was going on around the neighborhood. Nothing will cloud up our lives and keep us from seeing clearly like sin. We must water down the cloud that sin has stirred up between us and God – with tears of repentance.