I had a plan. A date with my paperback. Just the two of us.
After the rain started, I decided to take the kids to the inflatable playground. Their energy level was bursting at the seams and this mama was tired. After a week as a single mom with the hubby on a work trip, I was just trying to make it through the next couple of days.
They wanted to wrestle. They wanted to jump and run and trample. Surely they could do this without me, right? The smell of those crisp new pages was beckoning me.
But then, I heard my son’s voice beckoning me. He looked over expectantly as he did a cannonball into the giant moon bounce.
“Mama, watch this,” he squealed excitedly.
I stepped closer, peered in, and smiled.
“That was so cool, buddy!” I couldn’t step away. His gaze held mine and I knew he needed my full attention. Right there in that moment.
And as I stood there watching, I realized something. That desire to be seen never leaves. Isn’t that the soul call of our entire lives? Watch this. Does anyone see? Is anyone paying attention?
Our hearts cry out for recognition, for someone to notice our work, for someone to pat us on the back for a job well done. We long for someone to encourage us or even notice when we’re going through a difficult time.
Watch this. Do you see? Do you care?
Sometimes, our enemy leads us to believe no one does. I know. I’ve been there. For a long time, in the middle of a new town with new people, I was convinced no one did.
It was one of the hardest years of my marriage. It was also one of the hardest years of my life.
Perhaps you know too. Perhaps you’re there right now. Maybe you’re sitting in your kitchen with a pile of dishes stacked so high it’s blocking the sunlight and you wonder how you’re ever going to get off the hamster wheel you feel like you’ve been running forever.
You wonder if anyone appreciates the time you devote to each of the mundane tasks that fill your day. The time you take with your children. That favor you did for a friend that wasn’t appreciated.
Can I tell you something? Can I lean in close and put my arm around your shoulder and whisper a secret?
God sees. He sees every ounce of love pour into your kids, when you say their prayers with them, make their lunches for them, carpool them here and there and all over the state. He sees you scrubbing those grass stains out of his jersey.
“You know when I sit and I rise. You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down. You are familiar with all my ways.” Psalm 139:2-3
He sees that secret hardship you’re carrying around that you haven’t told anyone about. Perhaps you’re even afraid to tell Him. But he still knows.
When we live our lives to glorify the Creator, no task or struggle is unimportant. It all matters.
No detail of your everyday chaos is unimportant to Him. None of the long hours or midnight shifts escape his attention.
As I looked at my son, romping around the inflatable playground, I realized once again how much He cares.
He delights in every minute we live for Him.
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