Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; Ecclesiastes 12:1 KJV
When I was about 9 years old I had a friend named Jenny. One summer she visited her aunt with whom my family shared a house and spent a few weeks. As we were close in age, Jenny and I were inseparable. We spent many hours playing and sharing stories. Shortly after those two weeks, she went overseas for a little while. I don’t remember how long it was, but my childhood-self did not believe it was an extended period of time.
One day I got the news that my friend Jenny was going to be visiting. I was so excited. When she arrived I rushed into the room and shouted her name, “Jenny!”
She looked at me with no recollection and some amount of disdain. “You don’t remember Ami?” her aunt asked. “No.” she replied. I was hurt. I couldn’t understand how the girl I had spent so much time with could have forgotten me after so little time apart.
I left the room upset. I told my mom how I felt and she tried her very best to console me. A few hours later I was again called into Jenny’s presence. This time I adopted her attitude. I was aloof and standoffish.
The adults were puzzled. “Ami, you don’t remember Jenny?” “No.” I lied. I had decided not to allow her bruise my heart again with her lack of recollection.
What if God was like Jenny? What if, when we spent no time with him for a while, he turned his face away from us?
What if God forgot who we were?
Are you treating God as a dearly beloved Friend? Or do you sometimes lie about your relationship with him?
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