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Thursday, January 31, 2008

The God Who Sees Me

Do you ever feel like no one sees you? Not literally, but that no one sees you--who you are past all the surface stuff. Have you ever had that feeling when you are talking with someone who is not really present? You know what I'm talking about--the glazed eyes and "uh-uhs."This can be very painful. We all long to be "seen," to be known.

God created us to be in relationship with Him and with others. He created us each uniquely and "threw away the blueprint." We each have something special to offer back to Him in praise, and something special to offer others, as well.

In studying the various names of God in scripture, one has really jumped out at me in the past year--El Roi, which means "the God who sees." It testifies to His omnipresence, seeing all. This is the name of God that Hagar, a woman in despair and without hope, uses to refer to God. He is the God who sees and cares about all our circumstances, even the ones where we have dug a hole for ourselves by our sinful choices. I don't know about you, but this brings me unmeasured comfort. We serve an amazing God!

R.C. Sproul writes in "The Character of God":

There are many things in my life that I do not want to put under the gaze of Christ. Yet I know there is nothing hidden from Him. He knows me better than my wife knows me. And yet He loves me. This is the most amazing thing of all about God's grace. It would be one thing for Him to love us if we could fool Him into thinking that we were better than we actually are. But He knows better. He knows all there is to know about us, including those things that could destroy our reputation. He is minutely and acutely aware of every skeleton in every closet. And He loves us.

He sees you when you feel so inadequate with the tasks before you.
He sees your dreams and desires.
He sees when you blow it with your children.
He sees when you cry tears of loneliness.
He sees you when you are struggling with the reflection in the mirror.
He sees your victories.
He sees you.

So dear sisters, I pray that you are encouraged that you serve "a God who sees you" and One that loves you deeply. We can not escape HIs presence--He is with us in the heights and in the depths.

Psalm 139
O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night," even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you,when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance;in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me! They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain! Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies.Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!


Blogger Brenda said...

Thank you for this! I have definitely had days where I've felt invisible. It's so good to be reminded that God is always there, and He knows me intimately.

January 31, 2008 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

This is so, so good, Kelly! How wonderful to know He sees me, warts & all, and loves me still.

January 31, 2008 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

I am so glad that God loves me, and I love Him so very much.

January 31, 2008 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

I always love me an RC quote :)

Great Kelly, thanks!

January 31, 2008 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Praise and Coffee said...

What an absolutely beautful and inspiring post. You bless me girl!

I love this:
"He is the God who sees and cares about all our circumstances, even the ones where we have dug a hole for ourselves by our sinful choices."

I am so thankful to Him for this. Where would I be without His grace?
I'm an A-1 hole digger!
I long for the day when my shovel is put away for good.

Excellent post darlin'!


January 31, 2008 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger windycindy said...

It does help to know that he sees the good, the bad and the ugly in all of us! We can't hide anything from God!
The great thing about that is,it doesn't matter to him! Thanks,Cindi

January 31, 2008 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Darnelle said...

"He sees me and loves me STILL!"
What is better than that?"
I have a feeling that God is pleased that a few more people "get it" today because of you!
Thank you,

January 31, 2008 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger Chris @ Come to the Table said...

Psalm 139 is one of my favorites and brings me so much comfort.

I am so thankful He sees me!


January 31, 2008 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

That is my favorite name as well.. ever since I first read it in Scripture, it has stayed with me.

This post really struck a chord. It is like you know me!! Today, I needed to hear the following:

He sees you when you feel so inadequate with the tasks before you.
He sees when you blow it with your children.
He sees you when you are struggling with the reflection in the mirror.

Thank you!
Love in Christ

January 31, 2008 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Merrie said...

Thank you for the good Word in due season. I love that He really, really sees me. There are so many times I would like to hide, but so thankful that He loves me enough to see me during those times too, even though I'm sure they hurt Him.
Also, when others only see the outward man and not what the intent or love is - but He does and He rewards and blesses.
(that didn't make sense, but I'm leaving it anyway...)
Thanks again for sharing!

January 31, 2008 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

I love this quote by Sproul...

It's hard to fathom that kind of longsuffering love. The kind that doesn't require performance. And because it doesn't, it's why we strive to please the One who so freely gives.

Beautiful post, Kelly..:)


February 1, 2008 at 11:36 AM  

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