Has God Forgotten?
Possible Reason for Unanswered Prayers
Sometimes when I look at my friends and see how they've been blessed - then I take a look at my own life, I get the feeling that God's forgotten me. They have fancy cars, huge homes, gorgeous spouses and adorable kids; I don't have any of that.
One night, I was talking to God about all that and in the midst of my tears, I asked Him if He'd forgotten me. As an answer to my prayer, He brought a situation from my childhood to mind:
It was Sunday, July 16 - my little brother's birthday.
We decided to play a trick on him, so none of us acknowledged that he'd turned a year older. We went out to eat after church, and as we were heading back home, I looked over at him. Poor Curtis actually thought we'd completely forgotten about his special day, and it was written all over his face. My heart went out to him. I wanted to give him a huge hug and let him know all about his party and presents, but I couldn't. It wasn't the right time.
When the time came to surprise him, I will never forget the smile on his face as he said, "I thought y'all forgot."
I said to myself, "He is so silly. How in the world could we forget about his birthday?"
I thought of how that situation paralleled with my current situation. I was completely miserable, thinking that God had forgotten me, but He was looking down on me the whole time full of love and compassion, fully aware of the marvelous things He had in store for me but also knowing that the timing wasn't right.
I wonder how I could have been so silly as to think my Father could actually forget about me. Just as I could never forget my brother's birthday, my Heavenly Father could never forget about me.
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