I am always surprised when I hear a song I haven't heard in ages and I can still remember almost every word. I'm also surprised when I can recall a verse that I memorized as a child. When I was in grade school I went to a weekly meeting where we were bribed with candy to memorize Scripture. It worked for me. I remember that one of the “prizes” I could get in return for reciting my verses was a GIANT Oreo. I don't think they make these particular Oreos anymore, but as I remember them they were about 3-4 inches in diameter and had about an inch of cream filling between each oversized cookie. They were awesome! And they helped inspire me to memorize Scripture. Smile.
One of the verses I can recall from my childhood is Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”
This verse is special to me not just because I memorized it as a child, but also because it has been applicable to my life at every stage in life. Trusting God with all my heart looked different when I was a little girl than it does now because there are different things going on my life. When I was younger trusting Him with all my heart might mean trusting Him even when my friends were changing. In high school, trusting Him might have meant trusting Him when I didn't agree with coaching decisions that impacted my playing time. In college I trusted God as I prayed about boys I liked and class schedules.
I've trusted God with decisions about my career, where I should live, who I should marry, whether or not to buy a house, with the healing of family members from various illnesses and other issues in my life big and small.
Today, I trust Him with my life and the life of my family: my husband and this precious baby growing inside me. I love verses like these that I keep coming back to at different times in my life. I love that Scripture is as relevant in my life now as it was 30 years ago.
So I press on to know more Scripture. Currently my small group girls and I are memorizing the beatitudes found in Matthew 5.
What about you? What are you memorizing? What verses do you have hidden in your heart that God continues to bring to mind? How have you applied these verses in your life over time? What is one of your favorite verses that you have memorized at some point in your life?
I encourage you to share a verse from your childhood with us today, and if you are currently memorizing something share that, too.