Forget-Me-Nots


Myosotis (“mouse’s ear”, after the leaf)  is a genus of flowering plants in the family Boraginaceae that are commonly called Forget-me-nots. Legend has it that when God was naming flowers that the plant called out to God saying “Forget-me-not, O Lord!” God replied, “That shall be your name.”  In the Canadian province of Newfoundland, the people began using the Forget-me-not as a symbol of remembrance of that nation’s war dead. This practice is still in limited use today. Forget-me-nots have been referenced by writers Henry David Thoreau, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Keith Douglas, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter. In 1982, Patrice Rushen released the song Forget Me Nots off of her Straight From the Heart Album. Lastly, in the 2009 film Forget Me Not,  Tyler Oliver and Jamieson Stern used Forget-me-nots as a flower for the dead; one that people put on the graves of their loved ones.

Regardless of the reference, the term and the flower Forget-me-nots has been used to remind people to reflect over something worthwhile that has been given. Typically in modern culture, it has been some sacrifice that one is calling another to remember, value and appreciate. Like most things in the physical realm, there is a preceding spiritual parallel. In the case of Forget-me-nots, the Psalmist, David, wrote in Psalm 103:2 “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—”. Following that statement in Psalm 103:2, David goes on to tell us explicitly of major benefits of the LORD God which we should not forget. Furthermore, we are told in these other verses not to forget the Lord.

Deuteronomy 4:9

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

23 Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the Lord your God has forbidden.

Deuteronomy 6:12

12 be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

2 Kings 17:38

38 Do not forget the covenant I have made with you, and do not worship other gods.

Psalm 77:11

11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.

Psalm 78:7

Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.

In the post Your Alabaster Box, you were encouraged to offer your best to God and to examine the evidence of your love and your commitment to Christ for His intervention in your life? With Forget-me-nots, God is clearly calling out Forget-me-nots to mankind. God wants us to remember Him and forget not His benefits. As we begin to end our calendar year, it would be a blessing if you took some quiet time to reflect over all the things God has done for you this year if you could know them all and recall them all to mind. Despite our limitations, it would be most honoring and worshipful for us to remember what we can and praise the Lord for His benefits while putting our faith and trust in Him because of who He is. Remember God’s Forget-me-nots!

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