Remind Me Dear Lord

By Dottie Rambo – 2nd March 1934 – May 11, 2008

Remind Me

The things that I love
I hold dear to my heart
They are borrowed and
Not mine at all
Jesus only let me use them
To brighten my life
So remind me, remind me dear Lord

Roll back the curtain of memory now and then
Show me where you brought me from and
Where i could have been
Just remember I’m a human and human’s forget
So remind me, remind me dear Lord

Nothing good have i done
To deserve God’s own Son
I’m not worthy of the scars
In His hands
Yet he chose the road to Calvary
To die in my stead
Why He loved me i can’t understand

Roll back the curtain of memory now and then
Show me where you brought me from and
Where i could have been
Just remember I’m a human and human’s forget
So remind me, remind me dear Lord

Just remember I’m a human and human’s forget
So remind me, remind me dear Lord

One deplorable weakens of us all is our forgetfulness on the blessings of the Lord and his watchful care of us. We need to do all we can to break this habit by often opening our hearts to His loving reminders.

Dottie Rambo, the writer of this lovely song had an encounter with the Lord that left her clearly sure of the direction the Lord wanted her to take in her music career. This song was written on the day she signed a contract for her music. It was the time that Dottie was still living with her family in Kentucky. At that time the Lord clearly showed Dottie which way to go with her career. It is a true fact, that when the way ahead is foggy and unclear, God can choose what could be an insignificant act to guide us into decision making. This is what happened to Dottie Rambo leading to the writing of the song Remind me dear Lord.

Remind me dear Lord was written on the day that Dottie got her music recording contract. During those days, Dottie was not a full time musician we got accustomed to, but she would only sing over the weekends because she also held on a job.

One day Dottie received a telephone call from a man called John T Benson whom they referred to as “Pop”. Benson, had called about having Dottie sign a writer’s contract and also to ask that Dottie’s family should sing for him. The challenge was that Dottie and her family knew very little about contracts and what to do with them at all. Benson did not live very far away from Nashville, just a couple of 100 miles. Dottie’s family drove to see Pop Benson. As they travelled, Dottie would write, “I prayed, Lord, we do not know anything about contract, so you will have to lead us. If we are to sign the contract, let it read so many hundred dollars and thirteen cents. If you’ll just let thirteen cents be the last numbers on the contract, then I’ll know that we are supposed to sign it. But Dottie did not tell anyone about her prayer.

When they arrived, they begun to look over the contract. Dottie was trying to look out for the amount. “I said, “Let me look at it”. Mr Benson looked over his glasses and said, “well, Dot, my girl, this is the best I can do!. Dottie was not really interested in anything except that “thirteen cents”. When Dottie saw that, she immediately said, “Give me a pencil”. There was a mild protest, “Wait a minute, we have not read it that well. We do not know that much about it. Dottie replied, “We do not need to know anything else, we are just supposed to sign it. So they signed it.

When they got to the car and begun pulling away from the curb, all of a sudden, Dottie begun talking quietly to the Lord. She said, “Lord, I appreciate You doing this for me. I know you must have done a million things like this that I did not know about or do not remember, and have not thanked you for, but you know me. I am human and I forget. But when You do good things, just roll back the curtain and remind me of them and I’ll thank you for them.

When that happened, the melody in her heart started rolling and she started weeping. She was asked, “What is wrong with you?’ She replied, “I am writing a song”. During the one hundred miles back home, without an instrument, Dottie wrote the song – “Remind me dear Lord”.

In this song, Dottie reveals the unusual talent. She had received from the Lord a unique insight into human character, played out in the life of a Christian. Dottie’s experience teaches all of us to occasionally let the Lord “Roll Back the Curtain” Of memory now and then and remind us that all we have accomplished is because of god’s goodness. She also reminds us of our humanness and our frailty.

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