by Rick Warren — July 7, 2023
From How to Get Through What You’re Going Through
“Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.”
Isaiah 49:15-16 (NLT)
Just like a mother cannot forget her child, God cannot forget you.
Have you been abandoned in life by a spouse or a parent? God will never abandon you.
Have you been rejected by those you trusted the most? God will never reject you.
Have you been left behind by the people who were supposed to walk through life with you? God will never leave you alone.
When you go through any of those painful experiences, you will be tempted to think that God has forgotten you. But that’s impossible! You were made to be loved by God. He created you as an object of his love.
In fact, did you know God has a tattoo of your name engraved on the palms of his hands? The Bible says in Isaiah 49:15-16, “Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands” (NLT).
Where did he get the tattoo? On the cross. With nail-pierced hands and outstretched arms, he showed you just how much he loves you. He loves you so much it hurts! He loves you so much he’d rather die than live without you. He loves you with an everlasting love.
In heaven, no one is going to have any scars except Jesus. His body will have all the scars of the cross. Why? Because he wants to always remember how much he loves you.
When you don’t understand what’s going on in your life, you need to remember this: You may not have a solution. You won’t always have the answers. And you won’t always get an explanation.
But you do have God’s presence and his love in your life. When life doesn’t make sense, you have to hold on to that promise.