Yesterday morning I visited a dear lady from my church who was admitted to the hospital recently. She is 94 years old and just in the past year had to move into an assisted living. Her memory sometimes fails her, but she always greets you with a smile and “I love you so much!”
When I got word that Madeline was in the hospital, I immediately went to see her. We chatted for a few minutes, and I grabbed her hand and prayed with her. When I said, “Amen,” she started quoting Scripture, one verse after another. I looked at her with amazement (and conviction). She cannot always remember what she’s supposed to do next, but she remembers God’s Word that she has treasured in her heart all these years. She may forget other things, but she has not forgotten Scripture.
As I was driving back to the church, I thanked God for this precious role model. Madeline loves her Savior (she reminded me of that several times), and she loves His Word. God reminded me of David’s words in Psalm 119:11: “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.” Madeline has treasured God’s Word so deeply that even though her memory sometimes fails her, God’s Word doesn’t.
Her example encouraged me, but it also convicted me. I confess that I don’t memorize Scripture the way I should. I go through phases when I am faithful at memorizing, but then I quit.
Why is it so hard for us to memorize Scripture? Madeline gave me a vivid picture of the power of having God’s Word in our hearts, knowing it by memory, treasuring it.
Do you struggle with Scripture memory? If you are memorizing Scripture, would you pass on to us what works for you? What are some tips to help us memorize God’s Word faithfully and treasure it in our hearts?
I went to see Madeline, thinking that I was going to encourage her. However, I was the one blessed and encouraged and challenged to press on by her words. Thank you, Miss Madeline!