The first time I went to the roof of a tall building in a city, I was blown away by being able to see everything – all buildings and streets laid out neatly to view, all the people moving along the sidewalk like ants, and toy cars pushing their way through the arteries of the city. Of course you can’t tell much about the people – if they’re happy or angry or suffering. And it’s not easy, looking down from a great height, to judge which buildings are tall, and which are not. So you don’t see closely, but it’s a great view!
Sometimes we think God sees like that. We think of Him high in His heaven, so far above us that he sees everything, distracted by the big picture so that our daily experiences and realities must be remote to him. And of course it’s right to exalt him – He’s God, and we’re not – but we do Him a disservice when we imagine He only looks at us from that distance.
Because God doesn’t see like we do. He doesn’t love like we do. He might be looking at a few billion people, but more than looking at all of us, he’s looking at each of us. He’s high above, and here below – both at the same time. He’s here, right with you, walking with you through this very personal storm you’re facing today. And from that intimate perspective, he sees everything, and loves you.
We’re not alone down here. Our Father is with us, guiding us up, always.
Jeremiah 23:23-24 “Am I only a God nearby,” declares the Lord, “and not a God far away? Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.
Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
Ephesians 3: 17-18 And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ
Psalm 73:28 As for me, it is good to be near God.