BY: Madeleine “Maddie” Jomolca
“You forgot me!”, he shouted as he thumped the door with his tiny hands. Not clear about what I had heard, I hurried back down the walkway to the front door, to find two small imprints on the stained glass, before quickly swinging the door open again. There stood my precious grandson, Lucas, seemingly heartbroken, and relieved. Sobbing intensely, he extended his arms out to me, and while gasping for his next breath repeated – “You forgot me, Ya-Ya!” My heart plummeted several thousand feet into the abyss of those three, miserable words, and overwhelmed by his sorrow, I quickly leaned down, scooped him up, held his small body against my chest, and whispered, “I could never forget you, sweet boy… I think about you every day”; and just like that, he nodded his head in acceptance, unclenched his hands and wrapped them around my neck. It wasn’t long before Landon, his 1-year-old brother realized he wanted “in” on the lovefest, and slapped my thigh as if to remind me that he, too, needed reassurance; and so I repeated the same affection to him. We then sat on the front porch, for the rest of the afternoon, the boys and I, as we sang, laughed and shared toddler jargon.
It seems the whole confusion came about when I, lost in thought from the days’ events, interrupted our little tradition. You see, I routinely give the boys a kiss just before I walk out to leave, then once outside I turn back around to hug them followed by an “I love you”, before making my way to the car. This time things changed, and 3-year-old Lucas, made his disapproval known.
This morning, reflecting back on the whole incident, I was reminded of how you and I seek that very reassurance… daily, in fact. We so often feel lost, betrayed, rejected… forgotten. In fact, it’s right to say, that you and I were created with a longing to feel wanted, esteemed and loved. We need to know that somehow, someone, somewhere might be thinking and saying good things about us. Take, for instance the hype of social media- we take a public platform to expose, express and reveal of ourselves (guilty as charged!) in hope to incite a reaction/approval from others.
Jesus, himself, having been incarnated as man, also revealed a temporary moment of doubt from the cross, when he asked: ‘My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?”, and He (Jesus) was well aware of the Fathers master plan.
What about you? Are you feeling jaded because, like three-year-old Lucas, something or someone didn’t come through for you at the precise time and place as anticipated? Do you feel the sting of rejection, so-much-so, that you’ve allowed it to harden your heart and set you off into a path of ruin – your own and others’?
I want to assure you, also, that God went through great lengths to scoop us up and hold us close, so as to reassure us that He has not and will never forget us – Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; “He will never leave you nor forsake you”- and that He is ALWAYS thinking about us- Psalm 115:12: “The LORD, who is [always] thinking about us, will bless us.”
The truth is that we, each and every one of us, as a nation, and beyond, need to stop associating or comparing ourselves with the natural neediness of toddlers… Look around you. God has not forgotten us.- It is we, who have forgotten God.
“Give God all your worries and all your cares for he is always thinking about you watching everything that concerns you” (1 Peter 5:7)
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Maddie Jomolca is a Christian conservative writer whose purpose for writing is to inform, inspire, and unite. A student of Communications and the Arts, her special areas of journalism include International Affairs, Entertainment, Religion & Worldviews, and the inspiring come-to-Jesus testimonials of others. As a former “diversion” junkie, turned avid health & fitness enthusiast; creator of “Firm Believers” group and Personal Trainer -Maddie Jomolca combines clean eating, good exercise habits, and godly behavior. (1 Corin. 6:19-20)