“Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”
— Isaiah 43:18f
Memory; what a gift! An NBA player was going up for a shot a few years back and was flagrantly fouled by the player guarding him. He was knocked unconscious on his ascent, yet he released the ball and… swish, hit nothing but net!
The player did not remember making the shot, but it was a shot he had made so many times before in both practice and game-playing that he credited the score with “muscle memory.” Even when his brain was driven out of commission, his body took over and did what it was trained and designed to do. Memory; what a gift!
A woman suffered a stroke a few years back. It left her unable to speak, but one day I made a pastoral visit and as I began the Lord’s Prayer, she began to say it with me. Although her ability to engage in normal conversation had been taken away by the stroke, she was able to recite the prayer she had prayed daily for more than eight decades of her life. Memory; what a gift...