What is going on!
Have you ever asked yourself that? Everything in your life feels pretty stable and then - BAM!
Something happens that shakes you up a bit. Yet, if your experience has been like mine, you’ll know if good things come in pairs, bad things come in an avalanche.
I was reading about Hagar in Genesis chapter 16. She’s had her world rocked!
Forced to sleep with her boss’s husband. Then given the sack and kicked out into the desert with her young child - left wandering in circles to the point of starvation.
Yet at the point of giving up, God rescues her, eliciting this response:
“You are the God who sees me.” (Verse 13).
Again and again we see God noticing those everyone else has abandoned. He hears the cries of the Israelites when they’re slaves in Egypt. Jesus notices the touch of the woman who’s been bleeding for twelve years. God sends Paul all the way to Philippi to share the good news with Lydia.
God notices you!
My wife and I were struggling with sickness last week. A fact made three times worse when you have young kids. Add to that a hospital visit at the kid’s bed time.
Not easy - yet we got through it, in part due to the care of a lady from church who brought a meal around. The amazing thing was - she didn’t know half of what we were dealing with.
I was reminded today that this lady’s act of care was really God showing us that He saw our struggle and was looking out for us.
God shows He cares through us!
Just as God put the lady with the meal in our lives, God has brought people in need across my path recently.
- There was a lady who needed fuel to get home.
- A man in India needing prayer and financial support reached out to me online.
- Another guy told me he’d hit rock bottom.
I didn’t seek these people out, but I believe God brought them my way. God wanted to show He noticed what they were going through, and was using me to do it.
So let’s notice those around us. Perhaps God has put them in our lives because He’s trusting us with showing them His love.
And when someone shows kindness to you, recognise God working behind the scenes to show you He cares.
Whatever you’re going through know that God notices. Look out for His provision. And may you too know, that He is the God who sees.
Tom Anderson is pioneering www.haventogether.com, an online church plant supported by his in-person church, Catalyst, Ipswich. He has a young, growing family and enjoys playing backyard sport. Tom is a keen long-distance runner, averaging 21km each day last year. He has worked as a teacher for eleven years and enjoys perfecting a flat white on his home espresso machine. Tom would welcome a visit for a coffee some time… or an online catch-up via Zoom. See the Haven Together website to get in touch.