Being the middle child, I often felt as if nobody really knew my name. My older sister’s friends often referred to me as Mecia’s sister. I can’t begin to tell you how irritating I found that and then other times people would call me my mother’s daughter. Oh, how I wanted somebody, just anybody to realize that no I WAS NOT just Mecia’s sister or my mom’s daughter. In fact, my mother had given me a name. She called me Wanda. I wanted someone to know me as W A N D A. I had my own identity. Now that I have grown up and learned to make peace with my introversion, I am perfectly okay blending into the background. It’s no big deal if someone can not recall my name.
Even now family members or people in the neighborhood will call me by one of my sister’s name and I just grin and say hello. Honestly, I’m horrible at remembering names myself thus I typically refrain from using them unless I am entirely sure I know it. So if I pass you, and I don’t use your name but smile and talk to you cordially do me a favor and remind me of your name.
Feeling forgotten by those who should remember us is not a good feeling. Even worse is when we feel as if God has forgotten all about us.
But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine. – Isaiah 43:1 NLT
Have you had those seasons in life where you lamented like David, how long oh Lord?
It feels like you are on pause forgotten by God. You might me wondering how long:
- Before your dream becomes a reality
- Will those you are praying continue to resist
- Must you walk through the storm of financial trouble
- Before restoration comes to your relationship
God knows right where you are. Not just physically but mentally and emotionally. Are you weary, frazzled, fearful, or uptight from trying to carry and fix it all?
Let’s bring that to Jesus sister! There is a place of rest in Him.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7
He REMEMBERS, He CARES, and He KNOWS
We are not promised a life of bliss but rather a God, who is present with us in and through our adversities. May you find comfort in the words of Isaiah 43:2 as I have, When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. (emphasis mine)