He Has Not Forgotten

             When I was a young girl, I was never very athletic nor was I very coordinated.  My siblings loved to climb trees.  I watched them climb and thought it looked easy enough, but I was too afraid to try.  I figured if anyone of the three of us was going to break his/her neck, it would be me.

My brother and sister begged me over and over to try to climb a tree, and I finally caved in.  They found a tree that was easy for me to climb.  However, the trick was getting up to the first branch.  My brother had to give me a leg up, and then I could get up onto that high first branch and easily climbed to the top of my tree.  My sister and brother each got into their own tree.  All three trees were right beside one another and we enjoyed talking to one another, singing and looking at the great view.

Then Dad whistled.  That meant come now or pay the consequences.  We all scurried down the tree.  The other two could jump down, but I was too afraid to jump down from that first high branch.  I was petrified and couldn’t move.  My siblings encouraged me to jump, but I wouldn’t.  When the second whistle sounded, they left me there saying they would send Dad back for me.  They did not want to get into trouble because of me.

As I sat alone in that tree I worried that they would not tell my dad and leave me there to get scared enough to jump down on my own.  It grew dark, and I was afraid.  Time moved like a snail and my fear was nearly strangling me.  I felt like the only human being on Earth.  After what seemed like an eternity, I saw my dad coming with a ladder to rescue me.  I was so relieved that I had not been forgotten that I was giddy.

Noah must have felt that same way on that ark with his family and all those animals.  God unleashed water on this Earth like He never had before and wiped out everything.  The ark bobbed up and down and was tossed about.  It was dark and gloomy for a long time.  Noah and his family could have seen the dead carcasses of animals and humans floating around them.  It rained for so long that Noah and his family may have thought God had forgotten them.  But Noah kept the faith.

Genesis Chapter 8:1 says that God remembered Noah and all that was on the ark with him.  God turned off the water and sent a wind across the earth so the waters would recede.  Almost a year after he and his family got on the ark, God told Noah that he could come out of the boat and release the animals.

When we are going through the storms of life and are being tossed around, sometimes we feel alone and isolated.  We think that God has either forgotten us or just doesn’t care what happens to us.  At times, we wonder what horrific thing we’ve done to deserve what we’re going through.  God may want us to go through something to learn from it or to glorify Him.  He may not rescue us as we hoped or He may cause what we are going through to last longer than we think we can bear.  But regardless, if we hold onto our faith in the LORD, He will remember us just as He did Noah.

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.   Hebrews 11:7 NIV

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