You know what? God sees you! Yes, you there hiding in the shadows. You who really didn’t want to put on the dress-up clothes and pretty face and go to church today.
Yes, you who wipes a thousand runny noses, washes sinks full of dishes, and regularly stares down innumerable loads of laundry tossed onto your utility room floor. You who just wants to be loved, scruffiness and all.
God hears your cry for quiet after your ears have been flooded with incessant preschool chatter, nonsense jokes, and sibling arguments. He travels with you as you’ve taxi kids to various activities; He leans close as you sit in doctors’ offices; and He girds you up as you stand in line at parent/teacher conferences.
He understands your loneliness when nobody else can fathom the daily battles with kids who can’t attach or who are impacted by fetal alcohol exposure. He gets your silence at gatherings because sharing what’s good seems too shallow and what’s bad seem too unbelievable.
He knows your pain and how hard you try, how selflessly you give, how much you pray, and the counsel you seek. He doesn’t condemn you when disappointment yields a sharp retort, exhaustion produces a measly effort, or worry sets up residence on your pillow at night.
Yes, God sees all you do. He hears your deepest longings. He understands how much you hurt. He notices how much you’ve sacrificed. And He knows.
He knows YOU. Inside and out, upside and down. And He’s blessed.
He’s blessed by your determination. He’s blessed by your servant’s heart. He’s blessed by your honesty, your teach-ability, and your trust.
And He’s there. Right there with you. Right now. He didn’t flee the room when you yelled at your kids. He didn’t bail when you said you were done. He wasn’t threatened by your angry demands. He’s always been there and always will be.
Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31, NKJV)
He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, And carry them in His bosom, And gently lead those who are with young. (Isaiah 40:11, NKJV)
And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20, NKJV)
For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5, NKJV)