I’ve heard it said that our brains “latch on to negativity like Velcro.” I guess that’s why sayings like “misery loves company” rings true. For whatever reason, it’s easy to go negative and focus on what we perceive as wrong, lacking or inadequate in our lives. It requires effort to focus on our blessings, victories and to have a spirit of thankfulness.
I’m guilty of suffering from amnesia. I forget all the times that God has moved in my life. I become anxious and worry about the future and what’s to come. Recently, I was reading about David (2 Samuel 5:20). David won a victory at the Valley of Rephaim. He experienced God’s presence in such a way that he renamed it Baal-perazim, so he’d never forget.
I decided I needed some Baal-perazims in my life so I made a list of times when I really felt God’s presence. A couple of things immediately stood out; 1) In hindsight, I could see the connectedness of events. Individually they didn’t make much sense but stringed together I saw purpose and direction. 2) I was surprised by the number/volume of events. How had the miracles I’d prayed so earnestly for (husband, kids, job) become so ordinary and now taken for granted? 3) God was (is) always there so why am I anxious about the future?
One day at the store, I saw this little concrete duck (above). I purchased it and placed it in our garden to commemorate writing “Quackers: A Duck’s Tale”. This is my “Baal-perazim”. Every time I see it, I remember the personal experience I had with God during that period of my life. I think we’d all be less anxious if we celebrated our victories with visual reminders, lest we forget. Mine is a concrete duck, what’s yours?