Watchful Eyes

In our culture today there is a debate on issues related to privacy and the debate on whether or not cameras should be recording every move we make out in public. I would imagine more times than I realize there is a hidden camera in a store or on a street recording my every move. It’s getting harder and harder to be out in public without having every move recorded. Like it or not this is becoming the norm here in the US.

Recently I was in my office with the window open when I heard the sound of kids talking. When I looked out the window I saw a lot of kids walking down the sidewalk heading back to the YWCA, which is close to the church. I got to thinking, “Henry is probably in that long line of kids!” Henry, my oldest son is in the day camp program and was coming back after playing in the park. After a few seconds my eyes finally picked him out from all the others.

As I walked towards the doors I was tempted to stick my head out and yell his name. After a second or two I realized that probably wasn’t a good idea and plus he would probably be a bit embarrassed. So instead I just stood there watching him. In that moment my son had no idea that I was watching him walk down the sidewalk. Now, if for any reason whatsoever I would have seen him confront something or someone who could harm him, you better believe I would have flown out the doors in a second to protect him. It was in this moment that my mind started to think about God and my life.

I was reminded of something that day about God that I’m really good at forgetting and it’s simply this: God is watching me. Now I don’t mean this in a stalking, spooky, kind of way. Instead, God watches over me in the same way that a new parent watches their newborn baby when they are wrapped up and quietly sleeping. In the same way I was watching my son that day as he walked down the sidewalk. God watches over us because He loves us and desires for us to sense His presence each day we live. He watches us to comfort us in times of loneliness and pain.

In the Bible we have these reminders that God is watching us and is aware of us.

Psalm 32:8- “ I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go, I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”

2 Chronicles 16:9a- “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth”

Proverbs 15:3- “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and good.”

That last verse is a powerful reminder of who God is and what He is doing every second of everyday. He is watching in every place and aware of the good and also the evil that is taking place in the world. If at this point, your mind is finding this to be a bit overwhelming then it’s not surprising. This is the power of God doing what only He can do! Man doesn’t have this ability, but God does.

I hope this truth about God will bring you encouragement, strength, and hope. God is aware of every tear you’ve cried in your setbacks, heartaches, un-happy endings, and anything and everything that has brought you hurt and pain in your life. Maybe all the feelings you are experiencing want you to doubt this truth? I want you to hold on to the truth that God is taking notice of you, no matter what you’re dealing with.

Since the Scripture teaches that God is also aware of all the good then He is watching when your heart is full of joy and love. All those moments when we strive to be like Jesus to those around us. All those moments when we choose obedience to Jesus instead of giving into temptation and choosing to sin. All those moments when we can’t even begin to understand what God is doing, but we choose to trust Him anyway.

This part of the hymn “His Eye is on the Sparrow” puts it all into perspective.

"I sing because I’m happy

I sing because I’m free.

For His eye is on the sparrow

And I know He watches me."

Michael Bell