I See You
As I accumulate more time as a dad, there are two things I note my kids desire from me. Kids want to be seen, and they want to be heard. They say, “Dad, look at what I did!” Or they ask, “Dad come in here something is broken, or there’s a bug to be killed. Maybe both!” As children of God, we experience the same needs from our Heavenly Father. We’ll say things like, “God do you see what’s happening here? Are you aware? Are you listening to my prayers?”
The good news is Scripture continually reminds us that we are seen and we are heard by the one who holds all things together.
Over the last few years, God has continually reminded me of this singular, simple, truth: I see you. His eyes are always on us. When Jacob married Rachel he finally got to be with the woman he wanted. The problem was he already had a wife he was charged to love and protect, Leah. The disdain and hatred he held toward Leah were palpable. She felt those feelings daily, her pain followed her like her very own shadow. Genesis 29:31 says, “When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb.” God’s eyes were always on her, and he never abandoned her in the midst of a chaotic and broken family dynamic. God’s watchful eye on Leah led to her worshiping the Lord when she had Judah (the one who provides the line for Jesus), as she exclaims, “This time I will praise the Lord.” Draw deep comfort knowing that when all you can see is pain, strife, difficulty, and chaos, God’s vision cuts through all of that and He sees you completely. He never lost sight of you.
You are the “apple of his eye.” This phrase translated directly from Hebrew is “the little man of the eye.” We get this term because if you stare into the pupil of a person’s eye and get close enough you will find yourself reflected directly in the center of their eye. Your Heavenly Father draws close enough to you to make you the apple of his eye. There are 3 occurrences in the Old Testament of this phrase, and my favorite is Deuteronomy 32:10 – He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. Note the verbs associated with God in this verse (hint there are 4): God found, God encircled, God cared, and God kept. By finding us, he had his eye on us even when we were in a desolate land, wandering away from him in our sins. By encircling us, God provides constant protection from every angle as we journey through the dangers that lie in life. By caring for us, he provides the daily provision we need by making all grace abound to us so that we can be sufficient in all things, at all times (2 Corinthians 9:8). By keeping us, he sustains us to the very end. When you struggle to believe you can make it, remember he has not lost one from his hand, and you won’t break his record. In all four of these actions, the word that comes to my mind is wholeness. Every part of you is seen by God. His care for you is complete, and it’s so deep that he will ensure that you are protected at all costs.
Child of God, you are seen.