There’s no escaping it. Guaranteed, no matter where you go – someone, somewhere is watching you. With phones that double not only as computers but camera’s – chances are that you and I have been, will be or are the unwitting subject of someone else’s photos at any given moment – wherever we may go. Add to that the cameras we encounter (knowingly or not) in the many workplaces, restaurants and businesses that we frequent and that’s a lot of watching eyes. Not to mention, my own personal favorite – live stream web cams.
I have to admit, I have become a little addicted to live stream web cams. I’ve found I can now watch the waves roll in from my favorite Hawaiian beaches without leaving the comfort of my sofa. I can watch as surfers paddle out to catch the next biggest wave without spilling a drop of coffee and watch as tourists lather on sunscreen with no fear of extra radiated skin myself and, perhaps best of all —- not having to worry if I can still fit in to my bathing suit.
And not only that …… I’ve also found I can now travel world wide with just the click of a button. Times Square ….. never been there, but with the help of a well-positioned web cam, I can watch as people walk across the square going about their business completely unaware that people like myself are watching as they open their umbrella, zip their coat or sit on a park bench to eat their lunch. It’s really quite fascinating.
I can also watch the eruption of Old Faithful via the Yellowstone Web cam, watch as barges float down the mighty Mississippi on another and skiers as they make their way down Alpine slopes on yet another (camera). With the help of all these eyes, I’ve become a first-class world traveler without the imposition of cramped airline seats, TSA pat downs or exorbitant air fares. Not a bad way to travel, don’t ya think?
Who would have thought even ten years or so ago that such things were possible? I can remember wondering (not that long ago) how it would be possible for the two witnesses from the book of Revelation to be seen by everyone on earth. I knew of course that with television it was possible – but, I never imagined that some day in the future – it would not just be something we might see on the six o’clock news but, something we could view in real time, like it is now. In fact, the Jerusalem web cam at the Western Wall is one of my favorites for watching.
And because of this, we are living in a time when the old saying “you can run but you can’t hide” is now more true than ever. And the idea of privacy – well, that is pretty much out the window and is fast becoming something only the oldest among us will remember. And while personal privacy is valuable and we lose it to our own detriment, it is well to remember that where God is concerned – our lives have always been an open book – and that there is nothing from his eyes which is hidden from view.
“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” Hebrews 4:13
But, unlike the camera which can only record our actions, God sees much deeper judging even the thoughts and intents of the heart.
“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17:10
“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9
There’s a song by Annie Meadows that I like titled “He’s watching You” The lyrics go something like this –
“he’s watching you, God is watching you – his eyes they range through out the earth”.
It’s a beautiful song and once I heard it, I was immediately captivated by it. But also sobered to think that all I do, say and think is open before him to whom I must give account.
But, also comforted to know that because of his watchful eye, his careful gaze – there is also no injustice, no abuse, no crime left unjudged, and no single tear that falls that he also does not see.
Yes, (by virtue of technology today) all the world is a stage and with the eyes of all those well positioned cameras, we can watch as others go about their daily lives like actors on a stage. But, we must be careful to remember that they are not actors (nor are we) – but, rather flesh and blood people whom God loves -and to whom, by virtue of his holy and righteous nature, we must also give account. For there is nothing hidden that will not come to light.
Have you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior? If you have not, I encourage you to do so today. …. for as the Bible says, “without faith (in Him and the provision of his Son) it is impossible to please him”. (Hebrews 11:6) And, as always –
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6
Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy