As businesses attempt to get closer to how they were before spring 2020, many of us who have worked from home for a year or longer are returning to the workplace. My turn came the week of Sept. 13 when our department began going back to the office two days a week.
It had been 18 months since my coworkers and I packed our laptops, grabbed files for current projects, and prepared to work from home “until further notice,” as the official communications said.
I stopped by once in July 2020 to get a few more things since our work-from-home time was stretching further than any of us originally expected. Walking back in on Sept. 14, 2021, was a bit surreal. The cavernous warehouse-turned-office-space was the same, but I’d forgotten some of the details.
How one of the light switches near my workspace must be flipped down to turn on its bank of lights since the switch at the other end of the department is always flipped up.
The number of quotes I have scattered among photos of family and friends to encourage me on crazy or long days. My favorite for a morning smile: Make today ridiculously amazing.
The sandstone coaster I bought at a local shop just for fun: Be happy, it’s contagious.
The small desk clock that was a promotional gift sample from a vendor almost 30 years ago.
They aren’t big things, but they help make my workspace my own. And as intentional as I was about surrounding myself with certain things when I began working in this department, as much as I like them, they slipped my mind when I didn’t see them every day.
I’m so glad God isn’t the same way about us and our lives.
It can be easy to think He doesn’t remember us or doesn’t care about us when we might not be paying much attention to Him. But the beautiful truth is, He never forgets a single thing about us, no matter how small it might seem or how long it might have been since we told Him hello. Nothing about us ever slips His notice.
God knew us—everything about us—before He created us in our mother’s womb.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:16 NIV)
God knows us so intimately, He knows how many hairs are on our head.
God even knows how many hairs are on your head. (Matthew 10:30 NCV)
God knows our name and exactly who we are, even among the billions of people on earth.
And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” (Exodus 33:17 NIV)
God knows our thoughts even when we never share them, and He knows our words before we speak.
The Lord—knows the thoughts of man, that they are but a breath. (Psalm 94:11 ESV)
You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. (Psalm 139:4 NLT)
God knows our name—and He will never forget it.
But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. (Isaiah 43:1 NKJV)
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 ESV)
Just because we might not be thinking of God never means that He isn’t thinking of us. He’s always with us, always watching over us, always loving us.
Sometimes we just need a little reminder to spark fresh recognition in ourselves.
How have you been reminded lately that God cares about you, right where you are? Is there something you can do to help someone else remember this for themselves?
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