In my line of work, I’m often asked the questions, “Do you remember me?” “Do you remember my name?” “What’s my name?” Many of their names I remember quite well (especially if I’ve had to call it many times), but others of their names, I don’t remember quite so easily.
As a substitute teacher, I meet a lot of children. Some I see more often, as I am at their school more often, and remember them right offhand. However, if I haven’t seen a child in quite a while, or have only seen him or her in passing, their names may escape me (as my memorization skill isn’t as swift as it once was).
When I have to (reluctantly) tell some of them that I honestly don’t remember their names, as I see so many children and haven’t seen, or spoken to, them in quite a while, I can see the dejected look on their faces (especially if I can remember their friends’ names). But I assure them that my lapse of memory isn’t intentional, and I make it a point to practice their names in my head, so that when I see them again I can call them by their name and brighten their day.
Like innocent children, many adults also long to be remembered (you may be one of them). Some may charge this longing in adults with conceit or vanity. However, although that may be the case in some instances, in others it’s simply the fact that the person felt, or was, forgotten by someone they deemed important in their life (primarily in their younger years), or because they were made to feel less important by that someone they loved or admired.
In any instance, it may be hard to accept the truth that people, no matter how we view them, can and will disappoint us, and they may even forget us. Nevertheless, we can take comfort in the fact that there is Someone who will never disappoint us, nor will He ever forget us—His name is Jesus Christ, our Creator (John 1:1-4) and our Lord.
In Jeremiah 1:5 and Psalm 139, we see firsthand that He knows each of us intimately; in Jeremiah 31:3 and Romans 5:6-8, that He loves us unconditionally; and in Matthew 10:30, that nothing about us escapes Him, even when it escapes people.
Therefore, sisters, let us relish these awesome revelations of Scripture.
Yes, it’s true that we can be, and may be, forgotten by those of God’s creation. However, it is also true that we’ll forever be known and loved by our Creator and Savior. As He calls the hosts of the sky by name (Psalm 147:4; Isaiah 40:26), so He calls you by yours—His sweet daughter, created by Him, known by Him, and loved by Him.