Did your parents ever forget to pick you up from school, or after sports or music practice?

Did they ever drive off and leave you behind, even for a minute, thinking you were already in the car?

Have you ever extended an invitation for dinner or planned to meet with someone who never showed up?

Being forgotten is awful! Yet we all experience it in big and small ways almost every day. The truth is, if we depend on people we will be forgotten–our hopes and even our needs left unmet.

However, sometimes we perceive (think or feel like) we’ve been forgotten, when in reality, we have not.

God never forgets us.

“God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish” (Psalm 9:18). Did you catch that? Never. God never forgets where we are or what we need, even if it feels like it. Our feelings come and go, but God’s Word is constant and reliable.

I love the story of Hagar in Genesis 16 (a good read!). God had promised a son to Abraham and Sarah—yea for them! But they were getting old, and so they tried to make it happen through their own efforts—never a good idea. The result was a baby born to Sarah’s maid Hagar, who ended up getting mistreated by God’s own people—ouch! So she ran away. But God had not forgotten her; He saw her pain and came to talk to her personally.

“The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert…And he said, ‘Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?’

‘I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,’ she answered.

Then the angel of the Lord told her, ‘Go back to your mistress and submit to her.’ The angel added, ‘I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.’…

‘You are now pregnant
    and you will give birth to a son.
You shall name him Ishmael,
    for the Lord has heard of your misery’…

She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me’” (Gen. 16:7-11, 13).

 Abraham and Sarah, who should have cared about her needs, mistreated and abused her. They didn’t see her as a person, just a slave. But God saw Hagar. And that assurance gave her the strength to go back (where her and her baby’s needs would be taken care of) and serve them. Even though Abraham and Sarah had been unkind, God was with her.

Maybe today you are feeling forgotten. Perhaps you’ve been hurt by the words or treatment of someone who calls themself a Christian. You may feel so discouraged that you want to end it all. Please don’t. Please.

Right now, call on the name of Jesus, who sees you , right where you are. And ask Him for help. He cares for you.

“Mark it down. You will never go where God is not.” Max Lucado

You are Wanted.