Recently, I have been faced with a tendency of mine that I haven’t been able to fully shake. I forget things! It’s by far one of my most annoying habits. It’s a source of frustration to me and to those around me.
For example, the other day I was on a mission initiated by my wife to acquire some much need supplies from the grocery store. When you have a bunch of kids, the grocery store clerks become extended family members due to your frequent visits. That day, I had a list that had been sent to me via text, as is the custom. I was almost done with the list when I ran into someone I knew from church. After a brief conversation, I immediately proceeded to the check out counter feeling proud of the record time that I was making in spite of the short delay.
Beaming with excitement, I entered the house with bags in tow. I received a warm welcome from my crew. Everything was great as we basked in the light of our mini family reunion. That is, until I heard those words from my wife, “ Where are the eggs?” Screeecch! (Sound of a rapid moving vehicle slamming on brakes.) Forgotten eggs wouldn’t have been so bad if I hadn’t forgotten other grocery items in the past. Unfortunately, this was not my first time at this rodeo.
Because I’m so frequently distracted, I’ve started to write things down. I keep calendars and I set reminders in my digital devices. Even with all of that extra effort, unexpected interruptions still get me off course, like running into my friend in the grocery store. I’m convinced that there is an unfulfilled prescription for ADHD medicine out there with my name on it that I have yet to claim.
I am so grateful that God is not easily distracted nor is He forgetful in any way! Hebrews 6:10 states, “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” When we serve others, God takes note and pledges to remember our service and respond to us accordingly. He delights in rewarding the faithfulness of His children.
God also will not forget His promises to us. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” What amazes me most about this scripture is that God inspired Jeremiah to write this to a group of people who were in captivity because they disobeyed the Lord. In spite of that, God promised to bless them if they turned to seek Him. God will not forget us nor will He forget His promises!