I Will Never Forget You
“Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.” This has always been such a comforting line for me throughout my life. During difficult times when I felt that I was struggling alone and that everyone had somehow ‘forgotten’ me, I would somehow come across this passage from Isaiah and remember God’s promise. When we began the journey in Lent we were sent into the desert with Jesus for forty days. It’s hard to imagine what it was like for Jesus to be completely alone in the barren, dry desert, devoid of water, green meadows and trees. If you’ve ever been in a desert-like area, you realize how incredibly empty and dangerous it is. I often think of the many illegal immigrants trying to make their way to the U.S. through the deserts of Arizona. When they suffer the unforgiving desert terrain, there must be a sense that God has forgotten them. They probably feel that they have been left to die and that God has abandoned them. As the prophet Isaiah puts it, “But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.” But their deep trust and faith in the liberating God gives them the strength and courage to continue on the path they have chosen. The prophet reminds us that God is “near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth.” The metaphor of a mother’s relationship to her child and her unrelenting tenderness toward the child of her womb is a profound reassurance that God acts the same way with us in such a way that surpasses our understanding. The psalmist also continuously reminds us that although God is just, God’s mercy and kindness override any anger that may have been provoked by our failures.
Let us remind ourselves during this holy season that when all others appear to have turned against us and set us aside, God will still remain a constant in our lives. Essentially, God will never forget us…