I Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.”
Forgetfulness can be such a blessing at times, ending the pain and sorrow, the long restless nights spent tossing and turning, going over regrets of issues from long ago. Because of how our brains work, we may not be able to forget some things. Maybe a better option would be forgiveness. Forgive the hurt or pain someone caused and it will fade from our memory. If we’ve caused the hurt or pain, asking forgiveness of that person and God’s forgiveness can cause the memories to fade into the past, giving us peace.
But, memories can also bring us delight. Some event can stir up a memory, long forgotten in the recesses of our mind. I’ve read that smells cast the longest memories. The smell of your mother’s perfume can remain with you even into your old age. Walk by a perfume counter and memories of your mother can pop into your mind and make you smile.
Cleaning out a closet or going through old pictures of your family can cause you to reminisce over moments of utter joy and peace. Childhood memories of good times and bad that we struggled through, but made it, can help lift us out of the dark places we find ourselves in later in life. They can embolden us to travel the dark road of circumstances we encounter in our journey through new trials and valleys.
Forget the old hurts and pain, and concentrate on the good memories of times past.