God called the people of Israel to remember. It was important for them to remember the good and the bad. He wanted them to remember their slavery in Egypt. He wanted them to remember defeats in battle. He wanted them to remember God’s deliverance. He wanted them to remember receiving the Law. Remembering the past was important for the people of Israel as well as for us today. They did not always learn their lesson but they always knew why they failed. When we forget our past, we are destined to repeat its mistakes.
Psalm 43:5 says, “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.” Sunday afternoon we had our first church-wide summit. It was an afternoon spent remembering our past and meditating on what it means for us. Some of the memories were exciting. However, there were also those memories that hurt. Eastern Heights has had its great days and its regrettable days. I was greatly encouraged by the way we embraced the good and the bad and gave them to God. Until we embrace the past, we cannot go to the future. I believe that God has great things in store for Eastern Heights. Sunday was a great first step in understanding what God wants to do through us.
If you did not make it to the summit make a point to walk through the chapel. You will find a journey wall telling of the positive and negative events that have shaped our church. As you look at the journey wall, ponder in your heart what these things mean for us. Spend time in prayer asking God to use the wall to speak to you about what He is doing in our church. God has brought us through the past in order to prepare us for the future. May God continue to do great and awesome things through us as we serve him with all our heart.