After days of wondering how the whole city of Nottingham had the theme of bonfires going on and of hearing fireworks pop until about 12pm every evening of the past week, I finally learned what was going on.
People weren’t just celebrating the suddenly cold weather or having the random urge to roast s’mores, they were honoring November 5th (or, better known as Bonfire Night).
I won’t get into the history of what Bonfire Night is, but finally things began to make sense as to why I was seeing so many Instagram stories of bonfires and why people a 1/2 mile away insisted upon letting loose every single firework in their possession.
In England, November 5th is a day of celebration. They are remembering a part of their history that has led them to where they are today.
I don’t pretend to be an expert as even after having multiple people share with me the history of Bonfire Night, I find I’m still a bit hazy on it all. Plus, I’m not an English national so I don’t understand the full implications of the night.
All this to say, November 5th is a night of remembering.
In Exodus 15, we see an exquisite song of deliverance and of remembrance. Moses and the Israelites are remembering what awesome things God had done in their lives and they were praising Him for who He is.
Verse 3 reads, “The Lord is a warrior; The Lord is His name.”
When they recalled all that the Lord had saved them from, the people were able to hope in what God was leading them to.
11 “Who is like You among the gods, O Lord? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders?”
I feel as though a lot of our frustration and stress in our walks comes as a direct result of us forgetting just how faithful and good our Father is. He has never left nor forsaken us and yet, when a new circumstance rears its ugly head, all of a sudden we forget all that the Lord has done for us in times gone by.
Remember, remember, I urge you. Remember where the Lord brought you from. Dwell on His past faithfulness and let that encourage you to move forward today.
Dance, sing, and celebrate! Praise our God and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him, and He promises to direct our steps.
We don’t have to know all the details of what’s to come, we just have to trust that He has our best interests at heart.
17 “You will bring them and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance, The place, O Lord, which You have made for Your dwelling, The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.”
He hasn’t just led us out of bondage and dumped us at the starting line.
He has liberated us and offered to guide us to our future in Him, to plant us in the mountain of His promises.
So, today and everyday, remember.