Welcome to Meandering Monday, where we take a trip back to an earlier post and enjoy it again.
A poor, wise man knew how to save the town, and so it was rescued. But afterward no one thought to thank him. Ecclesiastes 9:15 NLT
I had languished in his office for an hour, feeling forgotten. What more did he want?
He was a small-town physician I’d seen since I moved to my new residence to pastor my first church. We hit it off immediately. Many times—after my examination—he sat in the office and talked for a few minutes.
But this day differed. Although the sign in the waiting room said I shouldn’t have to wait longer than thirty minutes, I waited an hour. He was busy.
I finally made it back to the room, where the nurse took my vitals and said, “The doctor will be in soon.”
One hour later, I peeked my head out the door, flagged a nurse down, and said, “Did ya’ll forget about me?” Sure enough, they had.
After two hours of waiting, all I got was, “Oh, we’re sorry.”
The poor wise man knew how it felt for others to forget him. His poverty hadn’t affected his wisdom. His town was in danger. He offered his solution to the officials who took his advice. The town was saved, but he was forgotten.
Feeling forgotten isn’t fun. It quickly raises the anger emotion. How could you possibly forget about ME? I’m important. I’m a . . . Don’t you remember the . . . I gave? My parents were . . . I attended . . . Or it can lead me to a depressed mood. I’m not worth anything anyway.
When someone assaults our pride or our anger aroused by someone forgetting us, we are reminded the world doesn’t revolve around us. This is God’s world. We’re only important because of our connection with him.
Anything we accomplish is because God gives us wisdom and strength. Our light shines so others will see our good works and glorify God.
Although others may forget and neglect us, God never will. He never overlooks his treasured creations—the masterpieces he is still working on.
If you are feeling forgotten, remember God is always by your side.
Prayer: Father, when all others forget us, we give thanks that You never do or will.
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