LMKTM: He Sees
My 8 month old daughter is in a phase where she is a bit more clingy than normal. I know it’s party due to her intense teething and maybe just partly because she’s an 8 month old baby. One of the symptoms of this new phase is that I have to be within her eyesight at all times. If I walk away, she follows me with her eyes, daring me to make a move. Even if I move in the slightest, to try to grab something or to help one of my other kids, she is just not having it. She does not want me to get up and walk away from her (Side note: this does make it rather difficult for me to accomplish, well, anything, but that’s par the course for this season of life, right?).
Why does Ella need to have a visual on me at all times? What good does it really do? It’s not as if just seeing me has any real value in terms of her comfort or helping to change her situation. But there’s something about it that makes her feel the security she needs to continue on with her current task, be it playing, chewing on a snack, etc. She doesn’t need me to necessarily change anything, she just needs to know I’m there.
I find I relate to Ella a lot in this. There is something in me that just needs someone to know what I’m going through and where I am. They may not be able to actually change anything about my situation, but knowing they’re there and knowing they know makes me feel so much more secure. I think this is why we’ve become obsessed as a culture with constantly updating our Facebook statuses or Instagram feeds to reflect every small thing that we’re doing. We just want people to know where we are and what we’re doing. It’s comforting somehow.
I read in the Bible that I have a God who knows and sees my every move. More than that, He knows how my current situations will be resolved and all further situations that are to come. How comforting is that?
Do you feel alone today? Someone knows and He sees you where you are. Read the following Psalm and, like Ella, take comfort in knowing that Someone is with you. You are not alone.
O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, 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.
– Psalm 139:1-10