Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. 24 So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.
Exodus 2:23-25, NKJV
I am sitting here now, in this moment remembering. I was asked to give my testimony at my Bible study last night. And with it I was required to remember the years gone past. Those ten years of sickness. Those eighteen before. All full of problems. Friend problems, money problems, family problems, heart problems, school problems, people problems, health problems, car problems, mind problems…
We all have them. And they seem to sit there, stinking and rotting in our life, annoying reminders that things are rough and hard, reminders that God has yet to take out all the trash in our lives. Some of them we feel we will get through. Some of them make us feel like we will never get anywhere. All of them make us feel. All of them bring out emotion.
I am reminded of an onslaught of emotion from all these years. Tears of pain and joy and anger and confusion. If there’s an emotion to feel, I’ve felt it. My pendulum for emotions swings full and hard. I feel things passionately. I am often called the poster child for happy but I think I can advertise for sadness just as well. Emotion is alive in me. And so, as I sit here thinking, remembering, I am reminded of all those emotions, especially the grief.
I sit. I remember. I smile. Because I look back on those days of frustration and confusion, days with a burned out soul and a worn out mind, days of groaning and I see how my God, the God, remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, how He looked upon His child and He acknowledged me.
Have you ever thought of God acknowledging you? Have you ever thought of how often Father God, Creator God, Maker of all the Universe Known and Unknown, looks upon you and then acknowledges you. Do you even know what that means?
I look up this overused mystery word in my dictionary, and find a little more to make me smile.
- To say that you accept or do not deny the truth of existence of (something)
- To regard or describe (someone or something) as having or deserving a particular status.
- To tell or show someone that something (such as a letter or message) has been received.
He acknowledges me. He accepts and does not deny the truth of my existence. He regards me as deserving a particular status. He hears me. And then, He makes sure I know that He has heard me.
And so the story begins. This story of a hero coming to release His long lost love from bondage. He comes to rescue. But before rescue He first recognizes, regards, and replies. Not because He must, but because He chooses. It’s just His way. Taking those moments deep in heavy emotions and changing them.
Oh how light they become. Floating away like balloons in the sky. Floating farther and farther until they are gone. Gone from sight, gone from thought, gone from heart.
“acknowledge.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, 2014.Web. 14 January 2014.