"Do not fear, for you will not
be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame;
For you will forget the shame of your youth, And will not
The other day I was watching a video. Kasey
was in the bedroom, not where I was. At one point in the video,
someone rang a doorbell; I had the volume up, so it was easily heard
throughout the house. Immediately, Kasey came running out of the
bedroom, barking. She ran up to the front door, clearly excited. I
opened the front door, and she jumped out, looking left and right for
whomever it was that had rung the bell. Of course, there was no one
there, so she came inside and went back to the bedroom. Amused, I
rewound the video, playing the doorbell again. Once again, Kasey came
charging out of the bedroom, barking. This time she was becoming a
little agitated--"Someone's at the door! I heard the doorbell! WHERE
DID THEY GO??"
The funny thing is that my house doesn't
even have a doorbell. Apparently, though, Kasey's last home did--and
she remembered the sound! Even though it had been
months since she had last heard it, she remembered it.
I've often paid attention to what my dogs
remember. Given enough time and patient work, they remember certain
words ("Sit!" "Kennel!"). Not only that, but my dogs have learned to
pick up on certain visual cues that I didn't even mean
to teach them: when they see me putting on a jacket, or shoes, they
instantly know what it means ("Yippee! We're going outside!") When we
go to the coast, even if it's been months since our last visit, I can
tell they remember: the closer we get, the more restless they become.
They know where we're going! They want to get out and hit the
their memory also works against them, particularly when they're being
naughty. For example, when they do something wrong (such as, say, eat
my dinner when I'm in the other room), and I come in and catch them;
I don't need to say anything. Indeed, sometimes I don't even have a
chance to react--they'll just hear me
coming, and try to flee the scene of the crime. Why? Because they
know--because they remember--that they're doing
something wrong. I remember, too; I learned quite quickly not to
leave my dinner within their reach (they trained me well).
But what's most interesting is their
lack of memory. In moments of anger, I've sometimes
lost my temper and shouted at them: "No!
Bad dog!" I feel terrible afterwards. As humans, we are
often devastated by such words; and even though I might plead for
forgiveness, the recipient of my words can't help but remember. Kasey
and Annie, though, are different; they forget--and
forgive. They love me; they don't even remember my
error. In this respect, I sometimes envy them.
But then I remember--we are
blessed, too! We are blessed by one of the greatest aspects of God's
forgiveness: God forgets. God tells us that a day is
coming when He will not only forgive our sins, but not even
remember them. In Jeremiah 31:34, God says, "For I will
forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no
more." In Isaiah 43:25, God says, "I, even I, am He who blots
out your transgressions, for My own sake, and remembers your
sins no more."
What an incredible gift. What an incredible
blessing--not only has God forgiven our sins, but He doesn't even
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