Because God Sees
Tuesday, July 30 2019
She's "The Invisible Woman".
Her name is Charlotte. But her name could just as easily be yours, or mine.
Watch and listen to her story in Nicole Johnson's dramatized vignette, here at this link:
It's beautiful and poignant, short and humorous, true and so uplifing!
"The Invisible Woman" is the story of Charlotte, a regular everyday kind of woman – who one day discovers that she’s “invisible” to those around her. No one sees her when she comes into a room – no one hears her when she speaks. Sometimes she’s just a needed pair of hands, or a clock for the time, or a car to be chauffeured around in – but usually she’s just “nobody”.
And then one day, a day when Charlotte is feeling particularly unkempt and pathetic, her friend Janice gives her a gift from her recent trip to England. It’s a book on the great cathedrals of Europe, with this inscription: “To Charlotte, with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.”
“A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, "Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof? No one will ever see it." And the workman replied, "Because God sees."”
“Because God sees.”
That phrase stuck with me yesterday. Not because anyone else around me sees, or notices, or seems to care even. No! Because God sees!
When most everything we do as women, or as men – our hard work, our sacrifices, our tears and pain, our worries and fears – appear to go unnoticed and uncared about by those around us, we need to remember that “God sees”.
Suffering Job learned this truth: “For he looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.” (Job 28:24)
The praising psalmist declared: “The Lord looks down from heaven; He sees all the children of man; from where He sits enthroned He looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, He who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds.” (Psalm 33:13-15)
In fact, according to future king David, God sees every tear we shed, and has each one gathered in a bottle and registered in a book (Psalm 56:8).
The prophet Ezra, the probable author of the historical book of 2 Chronicles, affirmed: “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (16:9)
And the apostle Paul announced: “But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him…” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
God, enthroned in the heavens, looks down on everything and on everyone to the very ends of the earth. Nothing goes unnoticed – no one goes unseen.
Every heart has been fashioned by Him – and every deed is carefully observed by Him.
Every tear is acknowledged, and gathered, and registered – so that not one ends up having been shed in vain.
God’s eyes are constantly searching the whole earth, looking for those whose hearts are fully committed to Him, so that He might strengthen them.
In fact, even though the eyes of man might not see, and even though his ears might not hear and his heart never even begin to imagine – God has astonishing and marvelous things prepared for those who love Him.
That is why I can say and do all that I say and do, even if no one else anywhere notices or really sees or even seems to care. That is why my "invisibility" to those around me need not consume me and destroy me. "Because God sees."
God sees, God hears, God cares, God acts, God rewards.
Dear friend: can you relate to Charlotte, “the invisible woman”, today? In all your daily comings and goings, sayings and doings – do you feel unnoticed, unseen, unheard and uncared for? Do you wonder if all the hidden sacrifices and tears are worth it – and if one day they will have their reward?
If so, cling to this one rock-solid truth: God sees, God hears and God cares. And yes! One day, God will reward you!
“Whatever you do,
work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord,
not for human masters,
since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord
as a reward.
It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
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