As a Christian we are cautioned not to develop strong attachments to “things”; so that they should become a God. The obvious would be money, power, recognition, possessions and such.
This still leaves a whole world that we may call up in our recollections. Much of this is important to our grounding in this life ( if not the next). Objects are important to many young people who stand now clearly focused upon the temporal as it defines them among their peers.
We have become a single use society. Manufacturers thrive upon replacement, not permanency. Obsolescence has been built into appliances, cars, electronics… things: Things that have no real history, no real future. Yet many have real importance to the growth, communication and efficiency of our lives.
George Washington Carver said, “If you love it enough, anything will talk with you.” We can all subscribe to that because we have keepsakes and all manner of documentation of our lives as we have known it. This is a healthy and necessary balance to be revered not to be idolized.
The Lord’s book has some 148 “remembers” in it. Thumbing through them we transcribe; covenants, who you were, your miseries, how short time is, incense that ye burned, your ways and doings, entreaties to the Lord, and the days of the Lord, to name a few. Strangely, however, we are told on the one hand to forget remembering; Isa 43:18 “Remember ye not former things, neither consider things of old”. But we are encouraged in Isa 46: 19; “Remember the former things of old”. Failing to resolve this paradox, I choose to remember much, as the bible clearly speaks of “remembrance” 53 times in a suggestive way.
Most all of the above references speak of things of the spirit. More often our memories speak through the heart, and would not bear God’s condemnation; for overlying so much are His Commandments that we not forget relationships responsibilities and mandates.
It is true that things can speak to us if we love them, and we may be caught up in the wondrous discourse born of listening to simple things.
I agree, as would you, with Julie Andrews as she sings “Raindrops on roses and whiskers of kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Brown paper packages tied up with string…. colored ponies, apple strudel ( or me, a bubbling river at daybreak) While her answer is; “When the dog bites, when the bee stings; I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad”, The tested and true option, is to trust in things eternal (not to disparage our needs for earthly connections).
The love we feel for Him who gave us cause to remember is eternal; and infinitely more gratifying. Our perception of the nature and abundance of God’s gifts tell a story in themselves.
They are not things , they are all spokesmen. A River Flows Through It