Never left behind. Never forgotten.



  1. Fail to remember.
  2. Inadvertently neglect to attend to, do, or mention something: “she forgot to lock her door”; “I’m sorry, I just forgot”.

I forget stuff-words, dates, bills to pay, my kid’s names. We all forget stuff. And sometimes we forget important stuff. But the pain, oh–the pain of feeling forgotten as a person. Of course, others don’t intend to leave you out or forget you. That’s part of the definition of forgetting: it’s unintentional. I guess the unintentional part is supposed to make you feel better about being forgotten; but to me it makes it worse. It hurts to be forgotten and left behind. We live in a world and society where the beautiful, the wealthy, the athletic, and the exceptional are the noticed ones. I observe often in my job how quickly those who aren’t like the rest–those who don’t fit–get left out and left behind and forgotten…not quite discarded, but perpetually overlooked.

 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. ~The Prophet Moses to Joshua

I distinctly remember my pastor’s words: You will never be left to rot like the lettuce forgotten in the bottom of the crisper drawer. Out of context, the words seem strange. But in context they struck my heart and come back to me now, even 18 years later. He was talking about how his family called the crisper drawer in the fridge the “rot pot” because stuff went in fresh and edible then was forgotten only to be discovered much later and usually covered in mold. He used the rot pot as an illustration of what the phrase “I will never leave you or forsake you” really means. God won’t forget us like the food in the rot pot.  Apparently, in the original language, the message He will never leave you or forsake you, is much stronger. It’s not merely a statement of being there, but a bold and on-going declaration that God will never, ever, ever, no-never leave you or ever be in the process of leaving you.
God will not forget you.
You will never be forgotten like the mold-covered soup or the liquefied lettuce in the refrigerator.
You are always on His mind.
Do you realize that?
He doesn’t just think of you when you pray or do something good or do something bad.
You’re His beloved child and He thinks about you all the time.
When you’re sad, depressed, lonely, desperate, happy, rejoicing, mourning, grieving, annoyed, angry, succeeding, failing….you’re on His mind and in His heart.
Whether you’re faithfully seeking His presence or desperately trying to run from it, He sees and knows and loves you.

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic …. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you. 


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