On the way to our region's annual, denominational meeting, I was on the road for several hours. As I drove, I passed numerous cars, vans and trucks, and I saw a vast diversity of scenery.
Passing by an area of wetlands set against a backdrop of dense forest, I began to think about all of the life hidden from my sight as I continued to drive. I saw a few birds, a woodchuck and a cat, but I know the environmental areas I saw were filled with life. Add all the drivers and families around me on the road and the people in the towns I passed and it was clear that I was surrounded by life.
That is when it hit me, God saw and knew each person and creature I passed. Even the life I could not, and may never see, was known by God. The Scripture tells us that not even a sparrow falls to the ground without the knowledge of God, and goes on to remind us that God cares about that sparrow.
What an amazing reality! God knows and cares for all of creation. Nothing escapes God's sight or concern. It is a truth that draws our spirit to celebrate the scope of God's greatness and the closeness of God's presence.
I took away two great thoughts from my experience. First, God sees me, knows me, and cares about me. Nothing in my life is missed by God and he is working for good in and through the circumstances of my life. Even better, this is true for us all. Such loving attention from God is a blessing beyond words.
Second, I could celebrate that God is present and attending to all of the circumstances of life that, at least for the moment, I do not see. God is actively caring for all of creation and weaving things together that will only be seen when spiritual eyes are opened.
I recently heard someone say, speaking of their financial situation, "Sometimes things are difficult and we don't know what will happen next. We may not have much, but we have Jesus." That is good news for what we see and what we do not, for in every moment, God is there and every moment is in God!
Let's pray that our eyes will be opened to all that the Spirit would have us see and celebrate God in every facet of life.