THE PAIN OF BEING INVISIBLE
And Isaiah says boldly: I was found by those who were not looking for Me; I revealed Myself to those who were not asking for Me. Romans 10:20
God disciplines Israel for their rejection of His Son by taking the gift of salvation and relationship to someone else, the Gentiles. To the Jews, He was virtually invisible or, if perceived, unwanted.
There is pain in being invisible. I’ve been in many family rooms while traveling over the years. Sometimes there was a child in the family who acted out, and even cried out, “Look at me. Look at me.” Initially, their antics were cute. When they turned desperate, it wasn’t funny anymore. There was an undercurrent of rejection and the child pulled out all the stops to get noticed. As a guest, I came to realize that this was a way of life for this child.
It’s almost unbelievable that God could be invisible. His handiwork is hung on the walls of nature. His grace is poured out in so many large and small ways that I can’t count them. Yet, I turn my vision somewhere else. Does God feel pain when He is invisible? Yes. But not in the same way we do.
A child, one who wants to be the center of attention, wants something for Himself. God, who also wants our attention, desires it because He has something to give. His hands offered Israel His very best, Jesus. He gave Him up to earth, put Him on full display, and He was rejected. In Jesus, there was the greatest gift of all for the Jews; the perfect sacrifice for their sins, the Messiah they had been seeking for thousands of years.
I’m stopping now to listen to the heart of God. “I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “Here I am, here I am,” to a nation that was not called by my name.” Is. 65:1 Sounds a lot like “Look at me. Look at me.”
Are there people I’ve given up on in prayer? Then I’ve made God’s gift of salvation invisible. Are there personal issues I believe are hopeless for change? Then I’ve made God’s gift of transformation invisible. Jesus cries out, “Here I am. Here I am.” He has always held out the gift of Himself and all that comes with Him. Do I make Him feel unwanted?
There’s nothing more tragic than to embrace Him as Savior but push Him aside when He offers me the rest of the abundant life. The stubborn Jew who failed to see Jesus can be me. Before I condemn them for their blindness, I take the log out of my own eye.
Show me where I’m not believing You today. I want to see you. Amen