I was looking at Isaiah 54:4 today:
"Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more. "
The phrase in blue stood out to me. We all have these memories which, when we touch on them, make us flinch. Stupid things said and done ... sinful (or just dumb) choices made ... being at the wrong place at the wrong time, and seeing what you wish you hadn't ...
When I first read the above verse, I automatically had the thought, "praise the Lord, He chooses not to remember that stuff. And He doesn't cause us to be disgraced ... cause others to remember it."
But it's more than that. He says I will forget the shame of my youth.
He's going to allow it to fade, to the degree those memories won't fling themselves in my path.
I'm thankful for that. There are SO many things it's just so nice to forget!