Signposts: Daily Devotions

Written by Renée Miller

Saturday, April 19

But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life.
—Deuteronomy 4:9a

Life flows through us at such a pace that we can hardly remember what we ate for dinner last night, much less the moments of clarity and insight, or the moments of heaven's touch that have shaped us. We can easily come to the conclusion that our mind is little more than a computer on overload in need of re-booting in order to sort out all the data and get it into the right places again. The task of remembering is arduous, not because we are becoming prematurely senile, but because there is so much information to be sorted through and arranged.

Yet, there are some things too important to forget. They are often the subtle things—the one-liners of life—that have the capacity to alter our understanding forever, but are easily lost amongst the insignificant memories that fill our mind and soul. Making the effort to become aware again of those significant memories could be a valuable exercise.

Why not take yourself to a coffee bar with journal and pen in hand to do a search of the soul drive in your brain, to look in your memory for the moments that are filed there waiting to be recalled? Search for your memories of God's movement in your life, the people who have shown you God's love, the promises that God has made to you, the moments when your hand has touched heaven's feet.

Pay particular attention to the one-liners that seem to have gotten lost in the database. Jot down in your journal some of the memories that come up and let them swirl around in your soul again.

O God, do not let me forget the instances when your Spirit has hovered above me with the tenderness of the most loving parent.

The Signposts for April are written by Renée Miller and originally appeared on in May 2004.