Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me;
my Lord has forgotten me.”
Can a mother forget her infant,
be without tenderness for the child of her womb?
Even should she forget,
I will never forget you. (Is 49:14-15)
“Why weren’t you there when I needed you?!”
That appears to be one of the cries that all of humanity takes on at one time or another in their lives. It may be a cry addressed to God, a spouse, a family member, or a friend.
“Why weren’t you there when I needed you?”
Of course, in retrospect, we find that the people about whom we were complaining were there for us exactly at the time that we needed them. However, because of our own selfishness or fear or anxiety, we were not able to realize it at the time.
The same holds true for our God.
We oftentimes become incredibly wrapped up in our own selfishness, fear, or anxiety and we miss the movement of God in our lives. Make no mistake about it: God is there. We are the ones who miss seeing Him.
And then, what do we do?
When we are upset because we think someone was not there for us, we decide that we are not going to be there for them. We turn our backs on them. We attempt to write them out of our lives.
As we do to our family and friends, we do to our God.
We often try to write God out of our lives which, in turn, makes us feel even more removed from Him.
The simple truth? “I will never forget you. I have carved you on the palm of my hand.”
FAITH ACTION: Is there someone you have written out of your life, perhaps quite unfairly? Do all that you can to make amends today, or sometime real soon.