Loved ones come; and sometimes we have to bid them farewell. Yet amidst the hustle, bustle, stress and strain of everyday life, we may not remember them all the time or as often as we would like. But there are some days set aside in which we cannot but remember them. Their birthdays, our birthdays, the days they passed on, the days they were interred, memorial day, all souls day and festive occasions when we have fond memories of the times we spent together.
I suddenly remembered a song I used to love as a teenager. “Forget me nots”; by American Jazz Pianist, R & B singer and songwriter, Patrice Rushen. While thinking about the song I started to wonder about the actual flower that is called the “forget-me not.” The “forget-me-not” is described as a flower with a true blue colour. Though it comes in other colours like light pink and a clean white, there is a lovely sweet yellow centre that brightens every shade. This flower also has a bit of an interesting history. There are historical references and meanings that are closely linked to its name. For example, it was commonly grown in gardens (cemeteries) to remember lost loved ones. People also wore them as a sign of being faithful to a loved one.(still living.) So basically the “forget-me-not” is something to help us remember something else. Very interesting indeed because what happens if we forget the forget-me-not? How would we remember?
If we forget I honestly have no idea how we will remember. And it is indeed possible to sometimes forget things that really matter. Yet, there is One who needs absolutely no reminders to remember. He will not need to collect or bring forget-me-nots home so He can remember. That will never be necessary because we are engraved on His palm.
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.” Isaiah 49:15-16 English Standard Version That’s my Father and that’s your Father too.He cares about all that concerns us. “Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7 English Standard Version (ESV) That is not all. When we do what He asks us to, He remembers us for good. “For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.” Hebrews 6:10 NLT
We on our part have to wear our forget-me-nots in and out of season. This plant is a seasonal flower, blooming usually in early spring. But that will not be the only time when we will need them. We need them everyday. Otherwise “While they are still flowering, not ready to be cut, they begin to wither more quickly than grass. The same happens to all who forget God. The hopes of the godless evaporate.” Job 8:12-13 NLT
So what is your forget-me-not? Is it an alarm telling you to study the word? Is it a magnetic scripture on your refrigerator or your dressing room mirror? Is it the wall paper on your computer screen? It could be anything really but what ever it is, please always remember to
“FORGET HIM NOT !”
OLUYINKA EGO-MARTINS ©