Updated: Jun 9, 2018
I have four grandchildren. One day I took them to the park. As soon as the door of my minivan opened up they all poured out and ran in four different directions! I first looked for the youngest, Damon. He’s four. He was already half way up the slide, going in the wrong direction. “Damon, get down from that slide!" "Go up the stairs before you get hurt or hurt someone else!” I shouted. Then my eyes darted around…where’s Xandria? (She’s the oldest.) At eleven she already looks to be a little older. I worry about the boys bothering her. I saw she was with her little friends shaking a bottle of bubbling water, trying to make it explode. Ok good, I thought.Then there was TJ. He had already fallen off the jungle gym and was crying because he hurt his knee! I comforted him while doing double duty checking on Aubree. She’s seven and well-behaved. She had made a friend and was happily playing. That was in the first five minutes of our time together. It went on like that the whole time we were at the park; where is this one, what’s that one doing? “Don’t play with that white worm in the dirt!” As we loaded up into the van to leave. I had to do a count to make sure I didn’t forget anyone! By the time I brought them home I was ready for a nap!
God’s word says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.13 From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind;14 from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth 15 he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.” Psalm 33:12-15
Now if MY job was hard that day, just think about God’s job! He fashioned the hearts of millions and millions of people and He considers ALL we do. Only God could do that. I don’t know about you, but when I pray, I pray like there is only me. I don’t think about all the other people who are praying too. That’s the amazing thing about our heavenly Father. He is Father to billions, yet listens to us individually, as if we were an “only child.”
Carrie Underwood sings a song called “Don’t Forget to Remember Me”
“Tonight I find myself kneeling by the bed to pray I haven't done this in a while So I don't know what to say But, Lord, I feel so small sometimes in this big ol' place Yeah, I know there's more important things But don't forget to remember me Don't forget to remember me”
The thing is God DOES remember you! Even when everything is crazy on earth. God doesn’t forget his children. Even in the midst of the intense job of destroying/ recreating mankind God’s word tells us, “God remembered Noah.” Gen. 8:1 He didn’t just let Noah float around aimlessly. He caused the water to recede. And He had the plan of replenishing the earth in motion long before the flood even began. When he told Noah to bring his son’s and their wives and a pair of each animal into the ark, the plan was in motion.
When you trust in God, His word says, “The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Duet 31:8
Maybe we aren’t facing a crisis like Noah did. But the situations in our lives can still be overwhelming. Take Hannah for instance, her story can be found in 1Samuel 1 She was one of two wives of a man named Elkanah. Peninnnah, the one wife, had children but Hannah had none. (1Sam. 1:2) Although Peninnah had children she provoked Hannah so badly over the years that Hannah wouldn’t eat and she wept all the time. (I Sam. 1:7) She was well loved by her husband and he tried to be everything to her, but it didn’t calm the desire in her heart for a child. She prayed and prayed to get pregnant, to the point that the priest actually thought she was drunk one day! (1Sam.1:12-16)
Like Hannah, we may feel at these times that we are forgotten. It doesn’t matter how crazy things get in this world, or how long it takes for an answered prayer, God never forgets you!
Hannah finally got a blessing from the priest. (1Sam 1:17) This is what happened next! “Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. 20 So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel,[b] saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.” !Sam 1:19-20)
So, be it like the world is coming to an end, or a prayer that seems to never get answered. Know that God is in control. In Christ, God has an answer for you today. He knows those that are His. If you put your faith and trust in Him, He will never let you down, and He will never, ever forget you!