Have you ever felt like you, or all of the things that you do in a day go unnoticed?
In feeling overlooked, do you ever start to wonder if it is worth it to continue pouring out your time, talents and your treasures?
My dear you are not alone.
I am familiar with folding the 11th basket of laundry this week, seeing a floor I just mopped covered with footprints, having seven new emails requesting assistance with projects, attempting to remember the two voice mails I need to respond to, getting all school forms returned in a timely manner and baking that batch of brownies for the next church function.
That is all on top of that list of nagging unfinished projects and tasks that I am really meaning to get to at some point in time. Oh yes, did I mention the daily necessities of raising a family like meals, homework, bedtime stories, and capturing those teachable moments of life & faith lessons as they come.
All of this can bring me to a point of tears and frustration, where I want to just force the next person who asks me to do something to sacrifice one day of their life to follow me through mine. I get to the point where I want someone to see what it is I actually do, what it feels like and the effort that must be exerted to make it all happen. I so deeply desire to be noticed for who I really am.
Doesn’t anyone see me?
Can anyone look past the things and tasks that I do to really see me?
What about when I fall short, when I am late on a project, when I make a mistake and when I continue to struggle with the same challenges in life, is anyone able to get over those to really see me?
Beloved, God sees you. God sees me. God sees us.
That is the amazing thing about God. Not only does He see us right where we are at, He wants to see us. God is captivated by us. He wants to see every moment of our lives and treasure it. His desire to capture the moments of our lives in His heart is greater than any parent who wants to seize their child’s first moments – first smile, first laugh, first steps.
“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)
This is a verse I enjoy reading, but more so, it is a favorite for me to write about.
“God is with you.”
What does that mean? God is with you. With. It is a word that we use so many times in our language that its usage would be a hard thing to count. One of the definitions that Webster.com offers up says with means, “used to say that two or more people or things are doing something together or are involved in something.”
God is together with you. He is involved in your life.
Do you have compounded clusters of things going on for you right now? Are there issues that are occurring in your life or the life of your loved ones, things that taken one at a time you would be able to handle, but squished together and mounded on top of each other seem to be driving you closer to a breakdown every step of the day.
Maybe someone is looking for work, maybe finances keep falling short, perhaps there is a relationship that is in crisis and seems to be leaving a path of wreckage in everyone’s life.
Then there is the day to day, one thing, on top of another, beside three more, next to seven things you don’t want to forget about. Work is pulling you one way, service projects pull you another, this family member is running in one direction, another is sprinting in the opposite, and friends are suggesting you join them with their ideas.
God is involved in it all. He is in the middle of all of the complications. He is actively participating in helping us to get through it all. He wants to give us guidance and counsel, to offer His wisdom each step along the journey. God is affected by everything that is happening to us.
God sees us.
God is for us.
God feels the pain. He feels the hurt. He experiences the tears.
God is there for the successes.
God is there for the exciting moments.
God is there for the dull moments.
God is still there through the failures.
God is with you. God is with me. God is with us.
Thank You so much for being an active and involved participant in our lives. Thank You for being with us. Lord, sometimes life just feels so consuming, so overwhelming and so lonely. In those moments of pain and of struggle, please remind each of us in a very personal way that You are still with us.
May we remember that You watch over us, not as just an authority figure to correct, train and punish us, but instead out of Your love, devotion and eagerness to delight in the things we do and the steps we take.
Lord, it is so easy for our eyes to focus on the piles of muck and mire that surround us. We cry out and splash in pity puddles until we have covered ourselves in yuck. Yet, You still delight in us, You quiet our tears, You wipe away the mud and the whole time You sing a peace filled song.
Oh Lord, may we be grateful for the gift of Your presence. May we be drawn into greater understanding and awareness that You are with us.
In the name of Jesus, amen.