Another comfort was gained from the verses the pastor preached. In my own fog, one of grief, I didn't take notes but I'm pretty sure this is the passage he used:
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:14-18 (KJV)
It brought such peace knowing that during those years that Grandma didn't know us the Holy Spirit knew her and was bearing witness with her spirit as a parent caring for an infant child. No one really knows what goes on within the labyrinth of the mind, but God was with her during those years of suffering after her memory had failed.
I've often wondered how God speaks during times when we are not fully conscious of our surroundings. I don't have all the answers but I think I have one. He uses memorized scriptures, at least until the mind is so far gone that it reverts almost back to infancy. I envision the Holy Spirit using scripture to comfort a senile adult much like a parent uses lullabies to comfort a restless baby.
The living brain never stops thinking, thinking, thinking even when the body is failing or is simply asleep. Many is the time that I've watched a disturbing t.v. show and then experienced a restless night as a result. I try not to watch t.v. in the evening for that very reason.
Other times I've had seemingly unsolvable problems resolved in my mind during the night while I'm sleeping. I must awake fully, get up, and write them down or the solutions will be forgotten by morning.
This month I have been working to memorize John 1:1-14. It has gone fairly well, but verses 8, 9, and 10 have given me some trouble. Once I get those committed to memory I should be able to add the last 4 verses because they are already familiar to me.
The other night I partially awoke unexpectedly 3 or 4 times. The first couple of times I was only semi-conscious and in a dreamlike state but I was aware enough to know that I was quoting John 1:1-8 perfectly. I awoke in the morning saying the verses aloud! As I said later to my Twitter pals I didn't spend the night counting sheep but I subconsciously spent it conversing with the Shepherd! I awoke very well rested, too.
Why not read scripture before retiring and let your brain meditate overnight on God's Word? I'd love to hear how memorizing scripture is affecting you. (And I certainly hope that it is!)
I'm only adding a few new verses this week:
- Genesis 22:8
- Genesis 28:20, 21
- Matthew 16:17, 18
- Matthew 16: 24-26
- Matthew 18:3-5
May the word of God dwell in you richly!(Col. 3:16)