I remember as a young girl playing the game hide and seek with my friends. One or more of us would hide, while the person tagged “it” would try their best to find us. Upon counting to ten, and before commencing the search, they always called out “ready or not, here I come.” I’m not sure if kids still play this today, but as I sit here recalling the childhood innocence of the game, I can’t help but wonder how many of us still consider ourselves tagged an “it?”
We all carry a strong desire to be noticed. We feel the need to stand out and give others something to see. This is especially true in the entertainment industry where being seen is a normal part of the lives of movie stars, singers and athletes. In our society, you are valued more for what you can accomplish and how high you climb, than for what you stand for. No wonder it’s so easy for us to believe we are “just an it;” to feel we are hiding in plain sight.
“Whatever you are doing, work at it with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not for people, because you know that you will receive your inheritance from the Lord as the reward.”
Colossians 3:23-24 NET
With God, we are never hidden. Our Father sees us for who we really are; children of the King with a price worth far more than what people believe is written on our tags. With God, we don’t need a fancy job or degree, nor do we need a list of accomplishments checked off according to the world’s standards. Others might believe they know what we need, we might even be seen as weak, or feel like just an it, but in Christ we will never be deemed unimportant or worthless.
“God is always more interested in why we do something than in what we do. Attitudes count more than achievements.” Rick Warren – The Purpose Drive Life
God notices everything about us, but as He looks at us, He does so through the eyes of a proud Father; a Father who puts no expectations on us to be something grand or spectacular; He already believes we are. He asks for nothing in exchange for His unconditional love, and feels blessed to call us His chosen ones.
When you have a God who knows the very hairs on your head, there’s no need to pretend, for He already knows the true intentions of your heart. We might try to hide from Him, but He will always find us, just as we are always able to come before Him and seek His guidance. That to me makes me feel like a queen, and gives me the permission to be the person God wants me to be; nothing less, nothing more.
Pray with me
I pray that you, my beautiful readers, will feel the love of the Father so strongly as He whispers to you today, that it will help you see that you matter more to Him than all the sparrows He so lovingly counts, and knows by name. Close your eyes and let Him speak words of encouragement, affirmation and love into your heart. Allow that love to encircle you as you place every negative thought and worry into His hands. Give Him your hurts and fears, knowing that His unconditional love is strong enough to carry it for you.
I pray this in Your name,
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