Really, Sincerely, Truly Forgotten?


There she was. Hidden in the darkness of the wardrobe. Drowned in a silence that was felt inside the four walls, as opposed to the boisterous hullabaloo of the outside precinct. She peeked through the two hinge holes and admired what she saw. She looked back at herself and felt disdain for what she saw. She saw in herself someone with less potential than the rest. The girls outside the wardrobe were dressed just like she was, the only difference being that they were outside, and she was inside.
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They wore beautiful short multi-layered tulle over-skirts, with top layers gathered into sweet scallops with satin roses. Sequins decorated the bodice sections and ribbons the waists. During the first few weeks of practice, her teacher complimented and pushed her more. She was a flexible cat, and she was a beauty to look at. As the weeks dwindled slowly towards the final dance, her teacher stopped looking at her and focused on the rest of the class. She didn't understand...


But today was the final dance, and she was inside the wardrobe...willingly.

At this point she thought of what to do. Should she wait until the others remembered her? Should she wait until she heard the dance teacher's soft voice asking, "where is Titi?" Should she sneak out, pull her friends aside and ask the dreaded question, "why hadn't no one noticed her absence for the past one hour?" She thought she was the best on the team. How come they were dancing without her? Her insecurities came flooding back...as sharp as the first time they came. One by one the guests came in, grinning in anticipation of the final dance. Surely, someone must find her...before it was too late. Unless she was forgotten...
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Finally she heard Mrs. Twitter ask, "where is Titi?" and she breathed a sigh of relief as she stepped out of the wardrobe into the lime light.
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Of course, our little dancer wasted so much time on irrelevant thoughts. The reason the dance teacher focused on other people was because Titi was the best, and she had already perfected her skills. All she needed was a little more repetition.

Instead of shying a way in a dark wardrobe wallowing in self pity, she should have been helping the others. She should have been a mini-assistant and an encourager. She should have shared her knowledge and put her talent to good use. She should have lifted the spirits of those who were crying, filled with shameful thoughts that they couldn't make it. Instead, she worried more about whether she was forgotten. When she was never really forgotten.

God can never forget you. Yes, He still remembers every thing He promised you. He even remembered those nights you knelt down to pray, soaked in your own tears and sweat. He's only waiting for an APPOINTED TIME. The perfect time to display you, like brand new model homes are displayed.

So while you wait, why don't you put yourself to good use? Explore your talents. Be a teacher, be an encourager, and be an uplifter. You have been given ideas...why don't you use them today? You have definitely NOT been forgotten by God. Oh yes, He remembers you...See, He has engraved you on the palms of His hands (Isaiah 49:16)

*Photo by Ekatee, Photobucket*

44 comments:

nneoma said...

this post was particularly encouraging at this time. thanks

OluwaDee said...

2nd!
Will come back 2 read.

TheAfroBeat said...

Great post. Very true, He who provides for the birds of the air can never forget His children. Thanks for sharing!

Reverence said...

*sigh*

bumight said...

this post was for me!....it even has my name :)

Afrobabe said...

awwww thats so sweet, even has a real life reminder that everyone can relate to...

30+ said...

Another word in season.

simeoneomobaba said...

wow..wow and wow..i'm short of words..my heart blesses you..

LG said...

thanks jaycee,
a friend needs dis.

Shubby Doo said...

Jaycee...again a beautiful lesson to learn...& learn again...

where is titi?...i (shubby doo) am never forgotten

i'm the best but nobody is looking at me...I (shubby doo) should forget myself and help others.

I am god's child...& God never forgets a single one of His children. AMEN

Remi, United Kingdom said...

Hey Jaycee thanks for this post. I have been feeling somewhat forgotten, recently... this is what he has been trying to tell me all along. Thanks daddy, once you have spoken, twice I have heard, and I acknowledge these words you have sent to encourage my soul...
I couldn't even begin to explain the timely delivery of this piece..
God bless you loads..
much love

Free-flowing Florida said...

thanks, girl. this is very encouraging

archiwiz said...

Exactly...hits the mark...

OluwaDee said...

This is sooo true.
10ks 4 d reminder.

How body????
When is d wedding???

Writefreak said...

good word...i should not focus on what i need and want, so help me God to be there for others!

~Mimi~ said...

my darling you are sooooooooooooooooooooooooo blessed its beyond words..yes

its His Gift in your life!!! dont EVER let it run dry...your rivers of living waters will continually flow from your insides out..always a river, never a pond.

That is a prayer.

love u

Debbie said...

Beautiful, beautifuly, it's good to know that he hasn't forgotten us and just like the character, "we too often don't believe in our abilities, we focus on what others are saying or not saying, ignoring our gifts in the process, we wanted approval so much she was prepare to hide because she thought no one noticed. she was self engrossed, instead of just doing her bit and waiting for the day her name will be called. Lord help us to wait in the seasons of our lives when we feel that you are not there, please help us to know that you are working in the shadows, something more excellent and glorious than we can ever think or imagine.
Loved this so much. Thanks for stopping by.

Kafo said...

i'm thinking of Isreal's song
I am not forgotten God knows my name

so true

Jaycee said...

Nneoma...I'm so happy about that...seriously? Thank God :)

The Afrobeat...isn't it amazing how the birds never even worry?

Reverence...I'm sighing with you my DARLING...:)

Bumight...ha ha...now I know your name. And I thank God you came across a message that was meant for you...haleluyah!

Afrobabe...I know right? Hey sweerie...:)

30+...Yes o...

Simeon...and my heart receives your blessings, with an assurance that it comes from a good place. :)

LG...wow, pls do send it. You're really a friend in need. Thanks.

Shubby doo...I really love your simplistic analysis of the scenario...forgetting ourselves because God has not forgotten us...*sigh* Lovely!

Remi...at this point, all I can say is "wow." What kind of a Father do we have?

FFF...u're welkie dearie. How are you?

Archiwiz...tell me abourrit...:)

Oluwadee...he he he...bodi dey inside cloth naw!!! So me and boo are still laying the ground-work. *Smiles and runs away*

Writefreak...help us God! You know, it's not always easy not to focus on ourselves...but in our weakness, His strength is made perfect.

Mimi...if my skin were fairer, I would have turned so red from sheer glee. I say a big Amen to ur prayer...especially the last line. You're a pipe that carries water (blessings), therefore you can never run dry yourself. A big MWAHHHH!!!

Debbie..."...help us to know that you are working in the shadows, something more excellent and glorious than we can ever think or imagine..." When I read those words I was reminded about a message I listened to, how our lives are like photographs manufactured in the 'dark room' You can't really see what's going on in a dark room, but that's where beautiful pictures are being produced.

Jaycee said...

Kafo....OH MY GOODNESS...I had to scream a lirrule when I read what u just wrote. ARE U KIDDING ME? I was actually singing that song before I wrote the post...lolll.

Kafo said...

lol
wow
great minds think alike
good night

Esmeralda said...

Jace, exactly what i needed is what this post is. thank you.

Jarrai said...

Encouraging post...puts things into perspective a little clearer. Many thanks Jaycee

naijalines said...

And so...to be inspired to inspire others is a great thing. Thank you.

aloted said...

totally feeling this post...thanks for sharing..

God bless!

Standtall said...

This is inspiring. Thanks mi-lady for always blessing us with posts that will make us soar and be the best.

badderchic said...

Aww tains tains tains! lol

OluwaDee said...

Y are u smiling and running away ehn???

Dammy said...

I love the way you introduce your subject and the way you connect it, using scenes from everyday life is absolutely perfect!

You are an amazing writer!

Thanks for sharing.

Howdy?

Parakeet said...

Wait Jaycee, how do you think of those stories and link them to the bible. Only a genius can do that.

I prolly told you this once, you inspire me!

Jaycee said...

Esmeralda...It makes me seriously glad to know that this came exactly when you needed it. I'm glad God used me o...

Jarrai...vantage point, eh? You're very welcome...

Naijalines..."to be inspired to inspire others is a great thing..." I love that line...I hope to keep being an inspiration, FIRST to myself, and then to others...

Aloted...my pleasure dearie...

Standtall...I'm just imagining if the entire blogosphere began to soar as high as eagles, on the wings of God...wow, if this whole place was anointed with people with one mind and one vision...I'm sure we will be able to capsize the kingdom of hell and cause some major havoc there.

badderchic...tains, tains....ROTFL...u're welllzzzz!

Oluwadee...my guess is that you know why *giggles*

Dammy...all your responses always point to the fact that you are an ENCOURAGER. May all the words of encouragement and empowerment (SEEDS) that you have sown into this blog be multiplied in blessings for you. You will never lack a day of encouragement and strength.

Parakeet...what can I say? Thanks for inspiring me to write more about my lessons from God...*Hugs*

Ade Adesanya said...

Love the play with light and love the pose. interesting outfit. nice

Allied said...

You wrote this a week ago but i read it at the apointed time.. Thanks Jaycee..

You are TIti in reverse.

princesa said...

Thanks for the encouraging write-up Jaycee.

Much needed.

Vera Ezimora said...

Y can't I leave a comment on ur new post? Anyway, I was gonna say I lovvvvvvvve Pastor Anselm Madubuko. I used to watch him faithfully on Sundays in Naija. Dannnng!!!! Lemme go tell my mother. Sounds like fun!

Vera Ezimora said...

By the way, that link you put up for the church doesn't work. You need to edit it, babe.

Jaycee said...

Thanks Vera....lolll...I'll do so pronto...

Hey Pastor Madubuko is da bomb!!! For realllllzzz! Tell mum!

Jaycee said...

Ade...thanks :)

Allied..."Titi in reverse," lolll. Thank God.

Princessa...I'm glad it came right in time for you. *Hugs*

Remi, United Kingdom said...

Hey Jaycee, the conference looks really interesting.. wish I could attend. Have an awesome time..much love

Kafo said...

i love this song the one by kutless

uNWrItten* said...

gosh i havent been here in a while!!!..i miss u boo!
loved this post too...Thank God he never forgets..sometimes we dont realise how lucky we are to have him..:)

Chika said...

Nice....and comforting for me!

Buttercup said...

im sometimes like that dancer...its really comfortin to know that God is ALWAYS there..

rethots said...

"...the appointed time...." how soothing yet, waiting could be so so 'anxiety-based'. However, with a conscious effort & more importantly His grace, we can wait with joy.