My wife, Cathe, and I often joke that between the two of us, we have one complete brain. I’ll remember something that she forgets and vice versa. So we help each other out.
Sometimes I’ll have an interesting experience that I can’t wait to tell her about. “Cathe,” I’ll say, “guess what happened to me today?”
As I’m telling the story, she’ll ask me all these weird details, like what color shirt someone was wearing. Meanwhile, I just want to finish my story.
Then a week or so later, I might tell the same story to someone else, and Cathe will say, “That’s not the way it happened.”
“Excuse me, but you weren’t even there.”
“But that is not the way you told the story to me the first time,” she’ll say.
And you know what? Cathe is right. She remembers things that I forget.
I’m glad that God never forgets anything. He remembers everything. And that is very important for us to understand.
God, being eternal, lives in the eternal realm. All of life is a continuum to Him. The past is present and the future is past.
On the other hand, we live in the moment. We remember the past, we somewhat recall the distant past, and we anticipate the future. Yet God sees it all as one duration. He has neither beginning nor end.
God knows the future with complete accuracy, as well as we might know the past—and even better—because He doesn’t forget things. Every tear is in His bottle. Every day of sorrow is written in His book. One day, God will make it up to you. Whatever you have lost, He will give you something greater in its place. And you’ll understand why things happened the way they did.