I wonder if everyone now has some inkling of the concept of ‘back up?’ I don’t mean reversing, but the idea of having a spare copy in case things go belly up.
In business it is a fine art, and always has been. Keeping and logging records. We have a fireproof safe in every Anglican church for that very reason – to protect the records, not the silver!
Trusting your essay to be safe inside a computer, when you’ve spent hours on it, is something done lightly until the day fault occurs and you lose it all. After that you learn to store a copy somewhere else. Perhaps somewhere ‘out there’ on the internet.
God’s memory is the original form of back up. A bit daunting if you think of him solely as judge and harsh. A bit dangerous if you assume he is forgetful and past it, and so nothing matters. But great news if you realise he has chosen to give you power to start afresh, and follows it through. He deliberately set out to befriend you eternally and rescue you.
He doesn’t forget who you have become. You are lovingly backed up.