God Sees It All

JODY PETERSON
Hospitality & Events Coordinator/ Office Assistant
Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.
 
Have you ever felt alone? Utterly and wholly, desperately ALONE? As if absolutely no-one could possibly know what you are feeling, no-one could understand & no-one cared? Well, I know that I have, I spent a lot of my childhood & teens feeling that way. I was a very shy child and due to my dad’s work, we moved several times during my school years, and each move was harder than the last. But I know now what I didn’t know then, I was NEVER ALONE, God was ALWAYS there, and He is ALWAYS with you too! There is a word for this that you may have heard, omnipresent, it is one of the characteristics of God. It means “to be present everywhere at the same time.” In Genesis 16 Hagar called Him El Roi, the God who sees me.

In the past few years, I have had a lot of alone time during surgical recoveries, weeks and months of being home and having hours and hours stretching ahead of me…what could I do? My body was healing, but my mind needed stimulation, I could do nothing, but I chose to fill my time working on my relationship with God. I filled my house with worship music prayed and read, did Bible school courses and got closer than I had ever felt to God, One who is always there.

Little did I know that it would come to a head last June when my husband had a heart attack just a month after I had major back surgery…I was physically helpless, I couldn’t drive, and was totally dependant on others to get me where I needed to go. I was in early recovery, still tired and weak, I had to rely on others for almost everything (I am so grateful for friends & family)…but we had God and He was with us the whole time, never did I fear that he would not be ok, that we wouldn’t be provided for and have all that we needed. BUT he survived and is thriving, feeling better than he has for years, and we give all the glory to God! Side note, he was told afterwards that it was what they call a “widow maker” meaning that he should not have survived.
I see it like this:
 
Most of us have had a child in our care whether your child, niece, nephews, siblings or even babysitting. We know what it is to hover over and watch them sleep, to watch them play and celebrate as we see and learn, we know the anxiety of seeing falls and failures and enjoy their successes and triumphs. I have to think that God must feel the joy that we as parents & caregivers feel & the sadness when things are not going well, always being present to help if asked.

Just a quick scripture search shows that there are many verses that tell us that God sees everything:

Psalm 139:15,16 my frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth, your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed. God could see us even before we were in existence as a human, and as we were developing.
Chronicles 16:9 for the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth (to show himself strong on behalf of his heart is loyal to him)
Luke 12:2 Jesus says: for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed or hidden that will not be known.

Especially in this past few years of covid forced isolation, many of us can feel alone, there are times we can even be with a group of people family and feel alone, but you know what? I am here to tell you that you are never alone! Marriage can be hard, raising children can be hard, recovery from addiction, abuse, going through medical procedures & times of isolation … all of it is hard, but when you look to God as your guide, your comforter, and your stability, knowing that God chose YOU, saw you before you were born, made you in His image and loves you enough to send His son to die for you, it makes going through the hard things so much easier.
To quote the song It Is Well “and through it all my eyes are on you and through it all it is well”. You see there is a relationship that is there, God watches us, and our part is to watch God and to look for His guidance and approval, or as my kids would say the disapproving “stink eye” if you are about to do something that you shouldn’t. To look at Him and have the guidance of such a loving Father as he leads you through life is a privilege and an honour.

Please let this be a comfort to you, that no matter what has happened, where-ever, when-ever God sees and knows…The one who made you sees you who you were meant to be. But we must remember to do our part, we have to look, how can He lead us if we don’t see where He wants us to go and what He wants us to do?

 The answer is in the Bible, Psalm 32:8 I will instruct and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.  Psalm 32 goes on to say: 9: Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you. If we are led by God’s eye we will not need to be pulled around, we will see, understand and follow. And the result: 10b But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. 11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous: and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
 
Prayer: Thank You God for Your mercy, Your constant presence, guidance, leading and your love, in this I can be joyful and confident that I am never alone! You are always watching and leading, I just have to look.
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