From Amazing Grace – The ROHO Devotional Series
Read: Joshua 5
Watch: Remember What God Has Done by Pastor Michael Walrond
The Andinka symbol of a bird twisting its neck to touch an egg sitting on its tail is the ancient symbol of Sankofa. Sankofa means “to know the future, one must know the past.” During Black History month, we are often reminded of why history is important: in order to know where you are going, you must know from whence you came. The past tells a multitude of stories, but one thing it is good for and that is setting precedent. If it was done before, it can be done again. Remembering the past sets the stage for the possibilities of the future. The same struggles that may have tormented us in the past cannot destabilize us if we remember how we overcame. Memory is our personal therapy and it speaks to all of the possibilities.
Yet, so many times as believers, we tend to forget whether intentionally or unintentionally, the ways we overcame the struggles of our past. It is ingrained in our faith with Holy Communion, Good Friday, and Easter to remember the sacrifice of Christ for the saving of the world, no matter how dark and tortuous the process to it was. When we think about all of the hell we have been through and remember the ways we overcame due to the grace and help of God, we can look at our current and future struggles and not be afraid. We can stand in the midst of a new storm, saying, “I’ve seen this before. I know what to do,” therefore releasing all control to God Almighty. If God fought our battles before, what makes us forget that God will not fight them again.
When we take a moment to constantly remind ourselves of the many ways God has demonstrated Godself to be our deliver, redeemer, and rescuer, then we can stand strong in the face of danger with divine confidence in knowing that we have the best backing. Lest we forget the ways we got over. God has done it before and God can do it again.