When my children were little, we used to frequent a park where they could run free and I could sit and talk with my friend, uninterrupted, for a few minutes. Ahhh…such bliss. Never really taking my eye off of them, they would play without a care in the world.
After some time passed, I would notice that they would look up often to find me. If they didn’t see me right away, a worried look would cross their faces. As soon as our eyes met, they would smile and go back to whatever they were doing. My children needed me to see them. My gaze brought them comfort and security because I was their protector and provider.
I believe that the Lord created us with the need to be seen. In fact, it is my favorite name for God: El Roi, the God who sees. “She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me.’” Genesis 16:13
May I encourage you to slow down right where you are…in the midst of a trial, the mundane, or your deepest pain. Take a deep breath, aware that the Lord knows everything you are facing. Welcome Him into whatever you are going through because, He. Sees. You!
No problem or sin or pain is too much or too little for Jesus to see and work out in you. He created you to need Him. The hole you’re trying to fill will never be satisfied until you have allowed Jesus to cover and fulfill His desires in you.
And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:27
During a particularly difficult time in my life, I had been praying and crying out to Jesus. I had poured myself out to Him…but little changed. I felt ignored, overlooked, unseen.
Have you ever been there?
How persistent our children are when we ignore them while having a conversation with an adult! “Mommy…mommy…mommy” over and over again! They pull and tug. Austin used to pull my face towards his when he went unnoticed too long.
I can get like this with Jesus too. Impatient, snappy, and entitled.
But oh to be seen! During this difficult time, when I stopped to look around and prayed that the Lord would open my eyes to His working, I was undone! To be seen by my creator…to be noticed…and really seen. What a blessing!!!
So friend, please know that God sees you and knows you and loves you. Let these truths shake you to the core! Look for Him and walk in the knowledge of who you are in Him!
What are some ways you have seen the Lord seeing you?