When situations arise that we feel unprepared for (otherwise known as trials, tribulations or corrections), we tend to forget the many things which God has brought us through in the past.
This forgetfulness has also become known as "spiritual amnesia".
Now amnesia, according to Merriam-Webster, can be defined as the selective overlooking or ignoring of events or acts that are not favorable or useful to one's purpose or position. This definition explains how we typically feel in these situations (trials, tribulations or corrections). We tend to view them as not favorable times in our lives and have different ways to explain them away. My favorite seems to be "I was just going through something."
By doing this, the Holy Spirit has shown me that this makes us seem to forget the test as well as the testimony that followed. This is also seen in the Bible when Joseph asked the chief butler to remember him after interpreting his dream because he had been in prison some time for a crime he did not commit. (found in Genesis 40:14).
Then as we move forward to Genesis 40:23 it says "yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him." Finally in Genesis 41:9-13, we are shown the butler recalls the kindness bestowed upon him two years ago (also shown in Genesis 41:1). We do the same with God when we have "spiritual amnesia". We allow time to pass until, just like the butler, finally the memories of God's kindness towards us come flooding back.
Here are some tips (in no particular order) that you can use to help combat "spiritual amnesia".
1. Remember no matter what you are going or have gone through, Hebrews 13:8 KJV says, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." This verse reminds us that even though we go through changes, God is still the same!
2. Stay in God's Word in order to recall all that God has done for us and others before us which we are reminded of in Psalm 77:11-12 KJV.
3. Write down the things you are grateful to God for doing in your life in a journal or some place where you can look back and reflect.
4. Share your testimony with others, as the Lord leads.
5. Pray often! This allows us to keep in constant communication with God and in those moments he will help us reflect on his goodness towards us.