In the middle of a problem have you ever felt like you are alone and no one even sees what you are going through? It may feel like you are struggling so hard to overcome or get through something, yet everyone else is going along with their “problem-free” life. It might feel like no one sees or cares.
I’ve always heard the saying “Your feelings can lie to you.” Meaning that your feelings are real, but they are not always accurate! This is the case here. If you feel like no one sees what you are going through, you have to remind yourself of the truth. The truth that you are seen by God.
Sometimes I think just knowing that someone sees what we are going through is enough to keep us going. When we know someone understands and can relate to our struggles, it helps give us strength somehow. We know that we are “seen”.
Many times when we look around we discover that there are those who are facing challenges equal to or much worse than our own. For example, at times I feel like things are so bad with Landon and his autism and ALL the behavioral and learning challenges that he has. But then I’ll see a special needs child in a wheelchair. A child with mental and physical difficulties. Then I feel thankful. It is a reminder that my Landon can run and play, he can jump and climb. He rarely ever catches a cold much less anything worse. He is a strong and healthy little boy.
So whether it is an illness you or a family member is facing, a special needs child you have, or another hardship, know that God sees you and what you are going through.
Earlier this year, my family attended a conference for families who have a child with special needs/disability. One of the verses that stuck with me from that event was Genesis 16:13. We are seen by God! Not a sparrow falls from the sky without God knowing it. The hairs on our head are numbered and God keeps track of that. (Matthew 10:29-31.) If those things are important to Him, surely our problems are seen by God.
I don’t know about you, but I’m the type of person who hates to see people hurting, sick, sad, etc. I always want to help people to feel better. I truly struggle with why God allows bad things to happen and why he doesn’t make all the problems, sickness, difficulties go away if He sees us? The truth is God has so much more wisdom and understanding than I do. He sees the vast universe from a perspective much higher than mine.
God sees the huge, enormous picture and the things we are going through don’t take Him by surprise. We just have to hang on and trust Him and know that if we are facing a difficulty, He is that much closer to us. We are seen.
13 She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen[a] the One who sees me.”
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.[b] 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.