by Calven Celliers
One of my favourite flowers, is the beautiful little Forget-Me-Not. They add such a vibrant splattering of the most vivid, electric blue to the landscape of any garden. Their name is said to come from an old German legend, or so I’ve read, where God named all the plants. But this tiny one cried out, “Forget me not, O Lord!” So, God replied, “That shall be your name.”
I think it’s safe to assume that there are times in everyone’s lives when we’ve cried out “Forget me not, O Lord!” And yet as I stand and admire the beautiful little Forget-Me-Not’s in the garden, I am reminded in the midst of uncertainty that God reveals Himself in so many small, unique and personal ways.
These agogic moments are God’s way of reaching down into our dullest, driest and often most difficult moments and thereby assuring us that He is indeed with us. At a time when many of us are fed up with current world circumstances, and especially the loneliness caused by lack of social interaction imposed on us by the Covid-19 lockdown, I want to assure you this day of His faithfulness towards you. He never forgets about you! His Word says through the prophet Isaiah:
“15…I will not forget you! 16See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…” (Isaiah 49: 15 & 16NIV)
I just love these verses because they reveal the depth of God’s love for us as His children. God has engraved you and me as born-again believers on the palms of His hands. Let that sink in for just a moment…. You are part of Him, nothing (absolutely nothing) can separate you from the love that God has for you. When the going gets rough be reminded of God’s words to Israel through Moses:
“6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6NIV)
In Psalm 103 King David reminds us to praise the Lord and “forget not” all His benefits. He –
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
(Psalm 103: 3 – 6NIV)
These verses are a beautiful reminder to us to “forget not” all the benefits of His abiding presence and unconditional love, including forgiveness, healing, redemption, love, compassion, satisfaction and justice. King David reminds us, in the midst of hardship and strife, to praise the Lord for what He has done. David knew of God’s ways and His miraculous deeds with the people of Israel, he also experienced God’s grace in his own life. But like so many of us, his soul was forgetful and needed reminding from time to time.
How easily we allow the dark clouds of present circumstances to blot out the blessings of God’s abiding presence. Sadly, there are times when perhaps we forget His forgiveness, choosing rather to be plagued with guilt. We forget His healing when doubt clouds our prayers. When we feel unworthy, we forget that He thought enough of each one of us to redeem our very souls. We forget His love when we beat ourselves up. During the tribulations of life, we may be tempted to wonder if He even cares what we are going through, thus forgetting His compassion. We forget that only He satisfies the deepest longings of the soul when we look for that satisfaction elsewhere.
Today’s blog is simply to remind you that there is a constant, irrevocable and greater love available to you 24/7; a love and presence that no lockdown can rob you of. It is the love of Jesus. You are engraved on His palms, and nothing can ever take you away from there. So, when you’re tempted to say, “Why O Lord, have You hidden Your face from me? Forget me not” just know that you are constantly in His presence, on His mind, and be comforted by the consolation of being held in His love.