But God remembered

When I was a boy I would listen for my dad’s feet on the stairs to my attic bedroom. I hoped he would remember to tuck me in and kiss me and say goodnight. I wanted to be remembered.

Deep in our hearts is the longing to be remembered. We want to be on the mind and in the heart of someone, somewhere. We want to be loved, valued, treasure: remembered.

Genesis 6-8 recounts the story of God’s judgment of the world, and his salvation of the world through his servant Noah. In Genesis 8:1 is the turning point: “But God remembered Noah.” God’s remembering Noah combines the idea of faithful love and timely intervention notes Derek Kidner. Old Testament scholar Brevard Child says that “God’s remembering always implies his movement toward the object of his memory.”God wasn’t absent minded or too busy. Nor had he abandoned Noah in any way. No, God’s remembering Noah means that he moved towards Noah in love and help.

Do you long for someone to remember you? Do you long to be treasured and cherished and thought of? You are. God asks his people, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb.” Of course not, the answer is. “Even these may forget,” the LORD God continues, “yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me” (Isaiah 49:15).

Live today as one who is remembered by God.

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