I’m one of those people that throws around the word favorite a lot.
“She’s my favorite person.” “That’s my favorite restaurant.” Blah. Blah.
But, honestly, this is my absolute favorite verse(s). And it has been for a while.
It just SPEAKS to me. Like if I sat here and thought about it long enough I could definitely start crying. Easily.
If I were asked to read these verses to a group of people, forget it. They would all be really uncomfortable because there is a 100% chance I would be crying.
So, here’s why. Let me break it down why these verses have this effect on me.
First, it starts out…
“The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.”
Maybe I’m a drama queen, but I feel this fairly regularly. Not so much “forsaken” as in He’s turned His back on me. But, maybe that language is just a little strong for me. FORSAKEN is kind of harsh.
But, forgotten? Yes. I sometimes think He’s forgotten me.
Or just given up on me altogether.
I feel like a 5-year-old little girl saying, “Do you remember me, God?”
So that first verse is my line: “God, I think you’ve forgotten about me, and maybe given up on me altogether.”
Then God says: “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?”
And this is such a great line because he’s leading me somewhere.
He’s saying, “Could a loving mother forget a baby that she birthed and nourished?”
“Could a mother possibly have no compassion and love for a child that is her very own flesh?”
And you think, well this is obviously a rhetorical question. No way could she forget! What heartless woman would do that? Forget her child? Impossible!
And then the curveball:
Though she may forget,
In other words, maybe so. She really might forget you. Mothers abandon their children all the time. People in general, not just mothers, let us down. They break our hearts. They turn their backs on us. They make mistakes.
But, God says:
“Though she may forget, I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”
He will never forget me. He will never let go of me. He will never leave me.
He has not given up on me.
And he will never forget you either, dear child.
He’s always been there, right by your side.
And He has the scars to prove it.