«Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert» (Isaiah 43:19).
MARIAN ROJAS-ESTAPÉ, the prestigious Spanish psychiatrist, suggested that loving our memories can be a pleasant source of happiness. Of course, we refer to good memories, the kind that make us relive the most important events of our lives. Why does remembering those times make us happy?
Quoting Susumu Tonegawa, who won a Nobel Prize in Medicine, Dr. Rojas-Estapé affirms that «when someone remembers something intensely, the memory of that image, which is pleasant, activates the same brain mechanisms as it did when it was actually taking place.» And then she adds, «Recalling pleasant images, memories of people where there was love, where you felt loved, where you felt grateful, can produce biochemical effects in your own body.»
It is then essential to strengthen our present by recalling the good things we have lived in the past. The psalmist had already stated the advantages of remembering good times by saying, «l will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago» (Psalm 77:11, NIV). «Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth» (Psalm 105:5).
In a world in which the present seems to be meaningless, remembering what the Lord has done in the past will give us the strength we need to stand firm. When was the last time we looked back and delighted in the things our Creator has done for us? The spiritual problem of many is that they «forgot His works and His wonders that He had shown them» (Psalm 78:11).
Ellen G. White reminds us: «We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history.»» Remembering what God has done will help us believe that He will keep His promise: «Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert» (Isaiah 43:19).