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God Still Sees You

"When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way."

- Psalm 142:3 -

 

Have you ever found yourself wondering if God was even near? We know the scriptures that claim that He never leaves or forsakes us, but sometimes it's harder to feel His presence. Those nights, weeks, months, years, of apparent isolation can leave us feeling depleted, rejected, and unworthy.


We are exhausted from trying to make it on our own.

We feel like God has thrown us to the wayside, spending His time on everyone else.

We go to a place that feels undeserving of God's attention.


This season of loneliness is one that can leave us bitter - wondering why God isn't moving or coming to our aid. Yet as I sat with my knees tucked to my chest, attempting to confine the loneliness stinging its deepest parts, God whispered something profound to me.


"I'm right here. You just stopped looking for me."


Truth be told, this season is a hard one for me. I felt progress in my faith in the beginning of the year, and then - all at once, the same way a candle flame is depleted of its light from an enclosing lid - it seemed to disappear. No matter how many times I convince myself to get back up and keep going, it felt like another boulder rolled down the mountain to hinder my progress.


But these obstacles that alter our course, or the hindrances that keep us from reaching the mountaintop are often distractions from the enemy to keep us from seeing God's presence. They are meant to shift our gaze from God's truth to the lies of our circumstances.


You see, God never leaves us. He doesn't get mad at us and decide to walk away from us because our faith begins to falter. In fact, this is when He reaches out His hand and longs for us to take its grasp more than ever.


Our feelings of isolation, rejection, and pain are lies from Satan, who at his very core, wants you to deter yourself from God's truth. He plants deceiving emotions in our lives to question and combat the promises of God.


Now, more than ever, we need to cling to the truth of God's Word, whether we feel like it or not. And to do so, it is imperative that we make time to read God's Word. After all, we can't know it if we don't read it...


So, before you open Instagram or Facebook, before you turn on the news, and before - well, actually, maybe after - you make your morning coffee ((it may help with your attentiveness...), open the Word of God.


I love Psalm 139. It is one of my go-to verses. I've read it with a smile planted on my face and heart, and I've read it with an empty ache and tears strolling down my cheeks. I've read it in complete hope and assurance, and I've read it with doubt and crippling fear. I've read it when I wanted to soak in God's Word, and I read it when it was the last thing my heart yearned for.


Yet no matter how different my mental and emotional state were each time I soaked in the verses, the words on the page always remained the same.


That's the amazing part about the Bible. It remains the same, and its words - laced with hope and peace -will always leave your soul feeling refreshed. It will always leave you feeling embraced and seen by a loving and caring Father in Heaven. Always.


Today, as feelings of loneliness and doubt triumphed my soul, one part of Psalm 139 stood out to me over the others. Again, I've read this chapter a million times over, and yet I never noticed this part of the passage the way I did today.


Its message was exactly what I needed to lift my spirits and comfort my soul. That, in and of itself, illustrated how near God is, and how He truly does see every ache my heart has. He knew exactly what I needed, and He revealed it to me. Wow.

 

"Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, 'Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,' even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you."

- Psalm 139: 7-12 -

 

Wow. What a powerful reminder that no matter where we go, or where our lives may have us in this moment - God is there. He is there in the most joyous moments, and He is there in the deepest pains.


There is nowhere we can go that He won't find us or be willing to save us.


If you feel crippled by darkness - as though there is no light at the end of the tunnel - you are not alone. God is right there with you, and He longs to guide you through. It doesn't necessarily mean that it will feel like rainbows and butterflies, but there is a peace available to us when we choose to acknowledge His presence and grab a hold of His helping hand.


Wherever you are - God sees you.

He sees your situation.

He sees your heart's desires.

He sees your pain.

He sees your hurt.


He longs to help you, but you must choose to meet His gaze and trust in His truth more than you trust your feelings.


When the overwhelming emotions try to deceive you and keep your perspective skewed, I challenge you to open up Psalm 139, and read its truth out loud. Read it through the pain, read it through the doubt, read it through the anxiety.


Nonetheless, read it.


And reach out to the profound truth that you are seen, loved, and in the perfect will of the One who has seen you before you even came to be.



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