Dr. Harold Urey (1893-1981) was an American physical chemist whose pioneering work on isotopes earned him the 1934 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Dr. Urey discovered the heavy form of hydrogen known as deuterium, making him a key figure in the development of the atomic bomb.
Dr. Urey was walking along a sidewalk one day when he ran into another professor. They chatted for a while, then as they parted, he asked the other gentleman, “Which way was I going when I met you?” “That way,” pointed the other man. “Oh, good. That means I’ve already had my lunch,” muttered Dr. Urey as he walked away. It seems Dr. Urey was indeed an ‘absent-minded professor!’
We’ve all been there, have we not? Misplaced car keys, glasses, purses, umbrellas, TV remotes. We forget people’s names, too; and scheduled appointments, birthdays and anniversaries.
Forgetting some (or all) of these things is indeed frustrating; but what should bother us the most is when we forget the Lord. We forget to pray, or read our Bibles, or speak of Him to our friends and family. Not so much when times are tough -- we need Him then -- but when times are good. God knew that would be our tendency. That’s why He warned the Israelites in the wilderness before they entered the Promised Land…
Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest -- when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage… (Deuteronomy 8:11-14)