Aaron and I were coming out of the grocery store recently. Suddenly he veered sharply to his left, leaned over, and proudly held up his prize find. A penny! He was so happy to have snatched this treasure! He proudly held it up for me to see before stashing it safely in his pant’s pocket.
This is so routine with Aaron. Everywhere we go, he spies items on the ground that most people don’t even see. Or if seen, most of us wouldn’t think they are worth our time or attention. But not Aaron!
We’ve had to teach him over the years that some things he sees are not treasures and are not even safe. Things like cigarette butts…yuck! Or random hair bands, bobby pins, or combs.
Last week, he and I walked out onto our driveway after a rain. Before I knew it, there he was, leaning over to look at what had caught his eye this time.
“MOM!! LOOK!!” he exclaimed. “It’s a worm!!”
A worm. Aaron just had to look closer at this worm and touch it. Again, to me it was just another worm, if I even did see it. But not to Aaron. To Aaron, this worm was a find worth investigating…worth stopping for…worth his notice.
This is such a strange and difficult time we are in right now. There is so much to absorb…to hear…to try to understand about this virus and about its dangers. We are besieged with so many changes and challenges.
What do we see when we look around us?
Certainly, most of us can say yes, to one degree or another, to all the above.
But there’s something else we really must keep sight of. David said it perfectly in Psalm 26:3: “For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes…”
When my eyes dart here and there in such unusual times as we have right now, may I see…above all else…the lovingkindness of God.
Another version says: “Indeed, Your covenant love stands right before my eyes…”
God’s love for us is right before our eyes, every day and every moment of this scary and trying time.
Sometimes I just don’t see it, though. I don’t see God’s love because I’m too focused on looking way ahead at what is yet to come, usually with trepidation instead of trust.
This verse continues this way: “Indeed, Your covenant love stands right before my eyes…and I have walked along in Your faithfulness.”
It’s not MY faithfulness that is being talked about here. It’s GOD’S faithfulness to me that matters!
We say God is love. We know God is love. But sometimes when life is overwhelming, we don’t see His love through eyes of faith.
We don’t understand why we’re being besieged by COVID-19. Why is God allowing this to happen?
We can’t say for sure, but what we do know for sure is that God loves all of us, and He wants each of us to know Him and to walk along in His faithfulness.
Sometimes I just need to stop, like Aaron so often does, and bend over before God as I look at His love.
When I observe His love and think of His deep love, I know peace that passes understanding.
Peace even in the middle of panic all around.
Then I can stand up again, sure of God’s love right before my eyes, and take off walking again.
Walking in God’s promised faithfulness through the uncertainty.
God’s love for each of us is worth our time and worth our notice. God makes THE biggest and best difference to me when I’m stressed.
It’s great to stop at some point each day right now, and just ponder the treasure I see right before me.
Thank you, God, that Your covenant love stands right before my eyes!