Unpacking holy memories
By: Janelle Keith
There are some happy suitcases that you can unpack easily. When returning from a trip, I usually just dump everything in the laundry room. The next stop is the bathroom, then …boom… I’m done.
Next I unload my pictures to digital storage. Most travels are filled with those fun Kodak moments to help you reminisce the memories.
I also like to write my journeys in a field journal. It helps me recall the heart milestones. I like to reflect on the holy God moments and lessons.
I recently went on a trip to India. After two weeks, I still had suitcases sitting half-full of stuff that needs to be unpacked, many memories still lingered. To this day, my field journal is still open to the same page, the outline of those holy hope-captured stories. So much to be written on my heart from His.
I need some stillness in God’s Presence that needs some unpacking too. I need to process the things I have seen, I need to share the stories, I need to share my feelings about it all things that I saw.
I need to unpack my full heart of God moments.
There are benefits to praying for God to bend the pages of His field journal just a bit, to record and give His revelations from what you have seen on a trip filled with such great compassion.
I am dealing with some unflattering, clumsy junk that bring questions about how to care deeply about all that God is showing me.
With many of God’s holy moments, may I linger and I unpack this verse: “Defend the cause of the weak and the fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” ~ Ps. 82:3-4
“Father to the fatherless, freedom for the weak
this is God clothed in love and strength.” ~ Meredith Andrews