I’m horrible with names. Faces stick with me, but capturing names is like catching butterflies—just when I think I’ve got them, they flutter away. This flaw of mine becomes especially frustrating when I meet new people. I want to call them by name so they feel welcomed and valued, so they know they have not only been seen, but are remembered.
Because I know what it feels like to be forgotten.
After being anchored to a ministry I loved for ten years, God redirected my path. The circumstances were muddied by unanswered questions and a good bit of heartbreak, but that pain was secondary to the ties that seemed suddenly severed. Relationship and connections that I believed were more than just “business,” vanished before my eyes. It was as if my gifts, my voice, my mark had been erased—as if I had been forgotten.
Perhaps you’re wondering if anyone sees you today? Maybe you feel like your name isn’t known, and your work isn’t acknowledged. You might be wondering if what you’re doing matters—if your mark will remain or if you voice will stand out among the others. Maybe you feel buried under laundry, and dishes, and life.
You are not forgotten—God knows your name. (Tweet that)
I’d never forget you—never.
Look, I’ve written your names on the backs of my hands.
Isaiah 49:15b-16 MSG
God not only sees you, He is captivated by you. He knows your thoughts, understands your heart, and has handcrafted dreams for you to walk forward in. He has purposed to replace your fear with faith, your indecision with direction, and your weariness with His strength. He knows the number of hairs on your head, has counted the tears you have shed, and He has etched your name on His palms, outstretched and pierced, to purchase exclusive rights to call you His own.
We must subdue the voices that whisper that we are not enough, that we are not seen. The draw to bigger and higher are pulling us away from the One Who Is. It is a deceitful enemy that urges us to climb mountains and set up altars on accomplishments and accolades that God hasn’t called us to.
We don’t have to struggle to be seen when we are completely known. (Tweet that)
We all want the assurance that we are valued, that our work is meaningful. But every acknowledgement pales in comparison to God’s vantage point. God has watched you from the beginning and He will be your audience until the end. Your value and worth to Him are infinite—measured by a love and grace unlike anything this world could ever offer.
I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;
I will take you by the hand and keep you.
Isaiah 42:6 ESV
It has taken time and healing to surrender my “forgotten” feelings. But God has taken my hand and kept me close. He who wrote the past, is writing the future. The same God who placed the initial calling, brought a new one. My God allowed me to walk through a refining fire, and His promises to restore what was lost are beginning to bloom.
We are far too loved to ever be forgotten.
Be assured today, that you are seen. You are known and loved by a God who does not forget His own…and YOU ARE HIS.
I want to share this space today with a special friend of mine who has published her first book. Kristine Brown has a beautiful gift for sharing words and an incredible heart for the word of God. Her book, Over It: Conquering Comparison to Live Out God’s Plan, is a guide to victory over comparison in our lives.
I share this book here today, because in it, Kristine walks you through the stories of three women in scripture who felt forgotten—who wondered over their worth and questioned whether they were seen and valued. Their stories, as well as the practical applications that Kristine sets forth in the pages, will awaken you to the incredible ways that God works in our lives to prove that not only does He see us, but He has set forth a unique plan and purpose for each of our lives. Please take a moment to check it out!
You can also find these words linked up at my favorite spots: Holly Barrett (#testimonytuesday), Jennifer Dukes Lee (#tellhisstory), Holley Gerth (#coffeeforyourheart),Bonnie Gray (#onewordcoffee), and Kristin Hill Taylor (#threewordwednesday).