This last week I was in the shower, a place where I tend to hear the Lord more clearly – don’t ask me why – and I was praising Him for the many blessings He had brought into my life during the last few days. I heard myself saying to Him, “Thank you Lord for seeing me.” At my very words a great love for God began to rise up in me. I think that it is every one’s greatest desire to be known, to have someone in our lives who really knows our heart as well as our actions, someone who loves us with all our weaknesses and flaws and yet knows the real us inside who wants to please, who wants to do what is right, and who desires above all to be accepted and loved. This week I felt God’s pleasure and delight in me and that made me love Him all the more.
Now don’t get me wrong. I know that God saw the times I missed it, the times I was short with my husband, and the times I let pride rise up in me. Like the stories of Santa Claus, God sees me when I am good and when I am bad. The difference is that God sees the real me, the interior me, the me that no one else completely sees, and He chooses to love me and work with me and challenge me to grow into a better me because He knows how He made me and He knows the potential He has placed in me even before my birth that is far greater than I know.
“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways. (Ps. 139:13)
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be. (Ps. 139:13-16)
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting. (Ps. 139:23-24)
While standing in the shower I also remembered another scripture. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” These days I am always praying for strength – physical strength – but also emotional and spiritual strength. It is a great comfort to know that the Lord is not only willing to impart the strength I need but He is purposely looking all over the earth for those who are committed to Him, who might need it. Isn’t that neat? He isn’t even waiting for us to ask Him, He is actively searching for those who need Him and He is ever ready to strengthen us. It helps to explain what He was doing when He told Joshua to be strong and courageous. He wasn’t telling Joshua to buck up on his own. I think He was speaking strength and courage into him! Joshua then received the strength he needed to cross the Jordan and take Jericho, all because the Lord was looking all over the earth for someone who was committed to Him and His purposes so that He could impart strength to Him.
I Peter 3:12a says, “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer.” We as the righteous can be assured that our God sees and hears us and is willing to intervene in our everyday Jerichos and bring us to victory. Thank you, Lord, for your eyes that see me and your ears that hear my prayers.