God is Watching
Do you believe that God is watching? The Bible says, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7).
Consider this illustration, written by Jenny Ralston.
God is Watching
I have been a non-sleeper for several years. I’m doing better now, but some days my eyes wake up long before the rest of me is ready to join them. One morning a couple of years ago, my eyes woke up at about 4:15 and immediately began urging the rest of my body to hop right up. So, I got up, went paddling downstairs in my PJ’s, clicked on the light over the stove, and turned the coffee pot on, thinking I would sip my coffee and read or maybe catch a great old movie on TV.
As I was standing there in the very, very quiet of the morning, I heard a soft movement behind me followed by a clear statement, “I’ve got my eye on you!” I froze. Right there in front of the coffee pot, with me in my PJ’s, God was telling me He was watching me.
I had a friend who was a great believer in hearing God’s voice and seeing visions. She has now gone on to glory and I have no doubt she is raising a garden in heaven. We were close, open, frank, great friends. I always told her she was crazy. She thought I was daffy. I never bought into her movie-type visions or audible voice of God theories, but there I was, hearing the very clear statement that God had his eye on me and I immediately thought of Suzie and decided she was right and I was wrong.
It took a moment, but I then realized that God’s voice sounded like a voice I knew. It was Sulley, the little one-eyed, green monster from the movie Monster’s Inc. One of the my grandsons had brought the little talking, doll-like creature over, left him at our house, and he was chatting away on his own -- doing a really good job of scaring me out of my socks.
After I calmed down a bit, though, I realized that we should conduct our lives as if God’s audible voice was always telling us that he had his eye on us. All the time. In every aspect of our lives. Watching, encouraging, helping, holding, forgiving.
We should always remember that if the raven (or the sparrow) is important enough for God to watch, then we, his beloved creation, made to fellowship with him and worship him, are much, much more worthy of his attention and love.
And so, I’m going to try to live my life with that in mind. When God watches me I want him to see joy and kindness and enthusiasm and a spirit willing to help others. I want to be a good friend, a loving wife and mother. When he glances my way, I want him to put a check-mark under the “good egg” column!
I want to feel like the writer in Zechariah 2:8 who states “. . .for whoever touches you touches the apples of his eye. . .” I want to be the apple of God’s eye.