I love the verse. I know it by heart. But I never saw these particular four words before. Sure, I’d seen them, but I’d never let them sink in.
I will not forget you.
The words are contained in a beautiful passage in which God promises to remember His people in the midst of their pain:
“But Zion said, ‘The Lord has forsaken me,
the Lord has forgotten me.’
‘Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget, I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me.’”—Isaiah 49:14-16
God has used this verse a number of times to speak to me, but never quite in this way. It was such a reminder that my Savior will never abandon me, that His watchful presence is never-ending. He doesn’t stop caring for me, even for a nanosecond. Even when every circumstance seems to indicate His absence.
He promised that He wouldn’t forget about me…
Even when I’m folding laundry—again—for the 19th time this week.
Even when I feel forgotten and unappreciated, even by the most important people in my life.
Even when the phone rings and the news isn’t good.
Even when the dog pees in the crate—again.
Even when I don’t know what step to take next and the landscape is foggy.
Even when there’s too much month left and not enough money.
Even when I’m too tired from ball games and homework and freelance and everyday life to take another step.
Scripture tells us that nothing separates us from His love (Rom. 8:38-39), and this verse proclaims to us that nothing ever separates us from his protective presence.
And I pray those four words give you hope, too.
God. Won’t. Forget. You.