The Good News and The Bad News

And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.  Hebrews 4:13

First, the good news ~ If you fear being invisible to God, you’re not.  And the bad news ~ If you want to hide from God, you can’t.

I was born with a need to feel safe, to be under someone’s tender care.  I need to belong and to know that someone wonderful loves me.  It is a relief when I discover that I was not born in a vacuum.  My life was planned, has a purpose, and is lived within close proximity of a loving Father.  At no time am I unloved.  At no time does he take His eyes off of me.  As long as I see God’s character clearly, I am glad that I’m in His view.  It brings security and peace.

But just like Adam and Eve, there are times I want to hide.  I feel woefully inadequate and often pretend to be more together than I really am.  Because I am unwilling to look at my weaknesses, I push all thoughts of transparency out of my mind.  I foolishly think that God can’t see them either yet I am fully exposed whether I believe it or not.

For many, today’s scripture would prompt mockery.  They might not believe in God and, subsequently, don’t believe anyone is watching them.  They believe they are autonomous and in full control of their lives.  One day when they stand before God, they will discover the tragic outcome of the lie.

For others, today’s scripture prompts indifference.  They know God exists but consider Him to be repelling.  They make reckless choices ~ believing that God won’t care somehow.  They do not count on the fact that He sees all things, knows all things, and there will be an account of all things.

Every moment of time I invest in my relationship with God makes me that much more grateful that His eye is on the sparrow – and on me.  It melts my heart.  It draws me.  It tears down my defenses.  Like a small child, I nestle at His breast.  Like a best friend, I recline in close proximity as John the Beloved did.  And here’s the thing.  He never takes His eyes off me and encourages me to keep my eyes continually on Him.  Eyes locked.  Focus unbroken.

When I take my eyes off You, and look down, like Peter ~ I am overcome by the waves.  But You are the lifter of my head. Amen

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