For as long as I can remember, I have had the blessing of being able to remember people's faces and names fairly easily. If I see someone I recognize, there's a good chance I can recall their name and likely where I met them or know them from.
I know this isn't so with a lot of people, and for that reason, I find it's rare that I approach someone that I haven't seen in years, especially if we weren't ever close, and let alone ask if they remember me. I don't want to put them in a position where they feel awkward or feel bad that they can't remember me.
Why? Because I don't feel that memorable. I really never have felt memorable.
I feel very common. I'm a very ordinary woman, really. I don't see anything that remarkable about myself that would make people remember me after years, especially if we never had a close-knit relationship.
Today, at church, two questions were raised in the message. Where are you from? Where are you going?
I realize I write often about where I have come from, specifically the saga leading up to my current single-mother-of-three-ages-five-and-under-who-never-hear-from-their-dad situation. If it gets old, I apologize, but as I have said before, I write therapeutically, and also for those who may need to find someone to relate to.
In the message, there was a comment about how it is okay to look back to where you've been or what has happened and compare it to where you are now, and to see where God is leading your life. I know I'm guilty of looking back, probably more than I should. The past week, I have had many instances were I looked at where I've been, and I see God in the steps along the way to where I am now. I see them much more clearly and much more significantly than ever before.
There are so many moments that I can see that God had it all under control. I see people and places and situations he orchestrated that broke down my walls and chiseled away at my pride, to mold who I am becoming.
I see that even when I felt like I might have been forgotten, he never left my side and he never forgot me.
What is equally mind-blowing is the fact that, although I'm ordinary, there are many people who have remembered me that I would have not expected to remember me (or my children).
Over the past year or so, there have been multiple people that I have not had contact with for a very long time come back into my life for various reasons. There are people I was never close with, that I just sort of knew from high school and my hometown. There are people from college, from former jobs, from old blogging and message board websites, from local mother support groups, and so forth.
These people have all shown me and my children God's love in ways both big and small. I never sought them out, and they found their way to us.
It's totally a God thing.
Because although I'm ordinary, to Him, I'm remarkable. I'm memorable. And as I have been struggling with the fact that I feel discarded and forgotten by my former husband, he's been in the background sending me these messages (that I may or may not have understood at the time) that my former husband is just one little person in this great big world who happened to hold a huge piece of my heart and was a part of my life's treasure. But, he has so many other people who I had placed on my mind or heart's shelves and set aside. And these people, people that I remember and never expected to remember and love me, these people remember me. They remember me because God remembers me.
He has also brought people into my path who know me, or know of me, that I didn't know had any clue who I was. Considering how, really, when it comes to my daily life (although I am much more outgoing on my blog) I shy away from meeting new people and feel uncomfortable doing so, it is incredible to be known and not know it.
And God wants me to let go of the value I placed on what one person thought of me, because what He feels for me is much more significant. He cares about me enough to show me in tangible ways that I am remembered, because as he knows, sometimes I need to see something tangible to get through my fogged up vision.
He remembers each and every one of us the same. He loves each and every one of us the same. And while he may have sent people to show me that I am remembered, it doesn't mean He will speak to each of us the same way. But, He does know how to reach us, when we are open, ready, and willing to receive Him.
Thank you, Jesus.