The concept of God being everywhere, paying attention to everyone and knowing everything is really hard for me to grasp. On a surface level, I believe it and I have faith in it. But in those rare moments when I try to understand that God is omniscient and omnipresent, my head starts to spin a little.
I don’t understand how He can pay equal attention to everything and everyone at the same time and not ever waver in His level of attention. On a daily basis, I have to remind the kids not to talk to me at the same time because I can only listen to one person at a time. Even then, I have to stop whatever I am doing or they will have to repeat themselves. Other times, I know that when they are playing make-believe and calling each other “Mama” that I can tune them out a little and concentrate on what I need to accomplish. I listen for changes in tone but I’m not listening to their every word and watching their every movement. Often I am pulled back into their world when someone starts wailing about a great injustice that has been done to them. Then I have to ask what happened and try to differentiate the facts from the fluff because I wasn’t paying attention.
Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. | Genesis 2:19
This may seem like a very random verse to insert here, but while studying this chapter it caught my attention that God brought the animals to Adam and that He wanted to see what Adam would call them. It is cool that God allowed Adam to finish His creation process by naming each of the animals; however, it stunned me that God was interested in hearing what Adam chose for each animal. The Bible said Adam named every beast and bird. Can you imagine how long this would have taken? Even if time is not a factor for God, I’m amazed that He cared to watch. I have three little girls which means there is no end to drawings and coloring pages and other artwork. They are excited about every single thing they do but sometimes I am not – especially when I’m cutting up raw chicken and trying not to spread salmonella all over the place. But God always watches them work and He chooses to do it!
Are you in a place in life where it seems like nobody notices or cares what you do? There is at least One who cares. There is One who is deeply interested in watching you do what the rest of the world takes for granted.
Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, “Have I also here seen Him who sees me?” | Genesis 16:13
These words were uttered by Hagar. Hagar was Sarai’s maidservant who Abram and Sarai tried to use to bear the heir God promised to them. Hagar’s life was a mess. She wasn’t supposed to be a part of God’s equation but was talked into it. When she got pregnant, she became prideful and looked down on her mistress Sarai. Then she was forced to run away into the wilderness because Sarai, realizing her own mistake, started treating her badly with Abram’s blessing. She was alone and pregnant in the wilderness thinking no one cared. But God cared for her. Even though she and her unborn son were not part of God’s covenant with Abram, and even though she had disrespected Sarai who was part of God’s covenant, He had been watching her. God greatly blessed Hagar and her son Ishmael.
Have you gotten yourself into trouble because of your own ignorance, foolishness or pride? Has everyone else turned away from you? There is One who knows and is ready to provide deliverance. It is only too late to ask God for help when you are dead. Until then, it doesn’t matter how badly you have screwed up. As Hagar said,
He is the God who sees!
He will never be the God who turns away.
There are many references throughout the Bible that talk about how God is always watching what is going on in the world and that nothing is hidden from Him. Sometimes this is meant to remind us of the importance of obedience, but we are also meant to take comfort in this.
I am trying to get back in shape. It’s so hard after being inactive for so long. The other day while I was finishing up my workout on the treadmill and my kids were being watched in the kid’s club, it occurred to me that God was watching me and paying attention to me as I huffed and puffed on the treadmill. At that same moment, He was watching my baby in the kid’s club. God was well aware of whatever my son was sticking into his mouth at the time or whoever he was playing with. I had such comfort in that! He loves me as much as He loves my baby.
When my oldest child was born, it was such a shock to witness everyone who had previously been doting on me during my pregnancy suddenly ignore me to take my baby out of my arms and dote on her. People sometimes would completely forget to say hi to me. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame them, she and her siblings were/are adorable babies. However, I love that in God’s eyes they don’t overshadow me. If my eyes and my heart are on Him, I don’t have to count on the attention of others because His eyes and heart are always on me.
Are you desperate for someone to notice you? There is One who may be waiting for you to notice Him.