The Bible talks about how God remembered Noah, but does God really remember us? “But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided.” Genesis 8:1
There is a lady at our home church who always remembers birthdays. I’m sure she has a calendar to keep track, but with every single person she knows she bakes them something for their birthday. They are not forgotten.
Loneliness tells us we are forgotten. Loneliness lies and says no one will remember your birthday this year. You won’t get one text, phone call, or email. Maybe Facebook friends will write on your wall, but that is because Facebook reminds them to. You don’t hear from them any other day of the year.
Did Noah and his family feel forgotten? The winds, waves, rain, and thunder had tossed the ark around and around for forty days and forty nights. I’m sure it was scary and hard, but the worst was probably the silence, right? After the rain the waters were still flooded. The earth was covered and empty. Does your life feel empty and do you feel like you could drown? Do you question whether God really remembers?
The hardest season of my life was in my late-twenties. I was married, had three kids and a good church family. I was active, social, and well-adjusted. At least that’s what it seemed on the outside. Inside I was drowning. I would lay in bed each night and cry and cry. My husband would try to figure out why, but I had no answer. Eventually I thought I would drown in sadness. If God really did collect my tears in a bottle he could have drowned me in the bathtub.
I remember one night I was sitting in a bath after my kids went to bed. My back had been aching and so the warm water helped ease the pain. A thought fluttered to the front of my brain. If I fell under the water and let the water come over my face and willed myself to stay there, would I die quickly or would it be slow? I knew I didn’t want to die, but it felt like I was slowly dying anyway from sadness. The logical part of me knew no one died of sadness, but I felt my body giving up. I felt my breaths heavy and labored. I thought I would rather die than keep living in this state of dying.
Does God Really Remember?
Depression, loneliness, and anxiety tell us we are forgotten. God says, no. You are not forgotten. Friend, let me hold you close and look you in the eye. You are not forgotten. As I write these words I can see your eyes. I can feel your heart. I picture your hands and arms holding this book. I can sense the “but…..you don’t know my life…..” Questioning my reasoning. Let me repeat what needs to be remembered: You are not forgotten. Remember you are remembered.
Just as God remembered Noah, you are not forgotten! In the billions of souls God is big enough to see you. And He is personal enough to know you. You are remembered.
“He remembers his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations.” Psalm 105:8
“For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever.” Psalm 112:6
“It is he who remembered us in our low estate, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:23
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Sarah E. Frazer is a writer and Bible study mentor at sarahefrazer.com. She is the wife of Jason and mother of five who all serve as full-time missionaries in Honduras. Her passion is to encourage women to fall in love with the Bible. Sarah is the author of several Bible study resources for women. She shares tools for deep-rooted Bible study at sarahefrazer.com. Follow her on Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/sarah_e_frazer) and join her free prayer challenge at sarahefrazer.com/prayer