Have you ever been out and about and needed to write something down so you don’t forget it? Okay, so this was before smartphones with that cute little InkPad app that lets you take notes on what looks like a legal pad. I’m a hand writer. I grab my ink pen and if it’s important I jot it down on my hand so I don’t forget it. Then every time I look down I see it there, reminding me. I can’t forget about it.
This week Tracie Miles and Stephanie Clayton have been reminding us that we aren’t alone in this. That we have a Father who is always with us, who loves us, and who will never leave us. We don’t always feel like He is listening. Hannah prayed for years (1 Samuel 1 in the Bible) and maybe you have too. Or maybe you just started praying but you wonder if He really means that He is with you.
I’m great at knowing God loves you, that He will will take delight in you, that His presence will go with you and give you rest. But me? Sometimes I wonder. Or at least I did. Then I came across a little verse in my studies one day when I was especially down. Isaiah 49:16 (NLT) begins “See, I have written your name on the palms of my hand…” That’s God talking to His people! That means you and me!
You see, even when things seem dark, or we feel alone, God has written, inscribed (NASB), engraved (ESV) the name of His people on His hand. He hasn’t forgotten you (or me), but has placed our name on His body in a place that prevents Him from forgetting us. Every time He does a work He sees our name. When He glances down He is reminded of us. So while we may be in a holding pattern, expectantly waiting for God to work in our lives, let’s remember not to pout because He hasn’t show up or assume he doesn’t care about us. Remember what Tracie said, “we need to focus on believing that, in one way or another, his answer will come in his time”. And in the meantime, know that He has written your name on His palm so that He is reminded of constantly.
Ginny B., P31 OBS Teaching Team & Prayer Warrior
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