Confession . . . I didn’t pay attention at all in church this week. No offense, Pastor, your sermon was great. Well, I think it was. You see, I happened to sit behind two precious toddlers and I couldn’t focus on anything else.
The little boy kept peeking back at our row with big, serious eyes and those fluffy, drooping cheeks. His baby sister toddled to and fro, grinning at everyone with her brand new teeth. She kindly gave out hugs to those on the nearby rows and even across the aisle.
They reached for things with dimpled arms, squealed on occasion and colored their Bible story sheets with fervor. I couldn’t stop watching them! My teenagers gave me the same look I used to give them when they weren’t paying attention in church. I couldn’t help it. I was fascinated. By focusing on them for just a few minutes, I could see their personalities. I could see what they wanted. And I could see they were about to get into trouble. Uh-Oh.
A thought hit me, “Jesus sees me with that focus and an even greater understanding.” These children weren’t even my own and I was captivated. How much more so does God see His very own children?
Our Heavenly Father is interested in me . . . in you. He sees you.
How many times have I heard coaches on the sidelines yell out to young players when they make a special effort? “I see you, Johnny! Great try. I see you!”
Try to imagine God looking down into your life. “I see you praying for your children, Mama. I see you!” “I see you working, making supper and cleaning house. I see you!” “Dad, I see you making those sacrifices!”
The Bible is full of those kinds of stories. Here are a few that remind me how Jesus truly saw people.
- He saw the poor widow who gave all she had. (Luke 21:1-4)
- He saw Zacchaeus who was up in a tree! (Luke 19:1-10)
- He saw through the crowd to a grieving mom. (Luke 7:11-15)
- He saw the man at the Pool of Bethesda who had been waiting so long for help. (John 5:1-15)
- He saw the man who was born blind and stopped to give him healing. (John 9:1-12)
He sees you, too. When you think no one notices you, He sees your sacrifices, your challenges, your dreams, and your needs. He is interested in you.
He loves you. And where you are concerned, He will always be paying attention.