When you Forget your “Yes”

When you Forget your “Yes”

Have you ever said “yes” to something then completely forgot about it?

Recently, I was driving past my son’s school when I realized I had agreed to bring my friend’s precious first-born son home from school. The day school let out for winter break, was a half day and for the life of me, I could not remember following through with my commitment to bring him home on that day.

The devastation and terror I felt was unmatched. I was torn to pieces at the thought of letting my friend down so. I couldn’t believe I had forgotten something so, so important.

Immediately, I called to beg for her forgiveness and left a voice message since she was at work.  Later she called me and it took everything in me to answer the phone to discuss my failure.

Joyfully, she reminded me that her son had not gone to school that day, as he was home sick.

What?!? Phew. So lo and behold, I had not forgotten. But boy, I experienced every ounce of what it felt like to forget something of vital importance.

There are many things in life that we forget, but they range in importance and impact.

There is an impacting moment in scripture. A moment where the man and the leader, Joshua, addresses his people. The people that he led by God’s enabling to prosperity and promise. He petitions them to not forget what is of utmost importance, their yes to Yahweh.

As his last recorded speech before death, he takes his people on a journey.  The journey with Joshua starts like this…

Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He summoned the elders, leaders, judges, and officials of Israel, and they presented themselves before God. Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says:

Long ago your forefathers…”

Joshua 24:1-2

Through Joshua, the Lord starts giving a history lesson to the Israelites of all the ways his hands have promised and provided through the generations, dating back to Abraham. Through Joshua, the Lord calls them to first –  remember his faithfulness.

I’m not sure about you, but I can so easily forget. I forget birthdays and anniversary of dear friends. I forget commitments and items to get at the grocery store. I forget how the Lord has provided and the promises he has made in his Word.

This passage reminds me that I need to spend time reflecting on the hand of God in my life, so I will recognize it.

Then, I need to record the hand of God in my life, so I capture its lasting impression.

Let’s take a brief moment today and reflect on the Lord’s goodness, healing, provision, protection, and grace.

Then record it. And see how deep the impression of God is on your journey as you, Remember the Lord’s faithfulness.



About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.

  • Jackie Bjorge

    I am so grateful for the Lord’s goodness, healing, provison, protection and grace in my life and in the lives of those I love so dearly. Thank you for the reminder to take time to reflect on His faithfulness. =)

  • Cyndi Tilley

    The Lord has been so good to us; I have so much to be thankful for.