Posted by: cindybythesea | August 7, 2018

Unseen Things

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“From His dwelling place He looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth” Psalm 33:14

I took this photo a couple of years ago when we were blessed to have the opportunity to travel through Glacier National Park in Montana. Without a doubt, it is some of the most spectacular scenery I have ever seen. Driving from the valley floor to the top is a nail biting experience (at least it was for me) as the two lane road winds higher and higher until finally reaching the top at a place called Heavens Peak. With a guard rail more suited for protecting small rodents than automobiles it was all I could do to keep from covering my eyes and missing the spectacular scenery that was just outside my window.

Just before reaching the top there was a pullout where several cars had stopped. Wondering what everyone was looking at we pulled our car over and there among the peaks and rocky crags was a group of mountain goats feeding in the lush green grass of late summer. You could not have asked for a more peaceful or pastoral scene. Yet just months before these same goats would have been almost impossible to spot as they surefootedly made their way across the glacial terrain foraging for food. Their coats blending perfectly with the newly fallen snow. Unlike other animals that migrate to lower land or hibernate to survive in the winter mountain goats tend to stay where they are at. Which makes them pretty incredible considering the harsh conditions that living on a mountain top would present.

I think about this every now and then. The many places and great variety of creatures that live out their lives unseen by human eyes. Which is fine with them and even beneficial. They need no applause, no affirmation, no impressive credentials – to be seen and valued by the one who created them is … quite simply put ….enough.

People on the other hand are different. We have a built in desire to be seen. So much so that we center our lives around stuff that will help us in our attempt to be seen and recognized by others. Clothes, houses, cars and certificates of accomplishment – things that shape us in to who we are or perhaps more accurately into the people we want others to believe that we are because no one wants to be unseen. To be unseen is unthinkable and as near to death as one can get while still living – which is why social media thrives. And for some reason today people are more desperate than ever (it seems) to be seen. A truth I believe which speaks deeply to the emptiness inside in spite of the fact that one may have 10,000 FB friends, twitter accounts or followers.

The Bible tells us that God sees every sparrow that falls. The common little sparrow of which there are billions. Yet God sees, knows and cares about each one. Listen to what Jesus said:

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the hairs of your head are numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows”. Matthew 10:29-31

I don’t know about you but I think people are desperately in need of this simple message – God sees and cares for you. Isn’t it possible in our “throw away” world that in spite of what social media would have us believe people feel more unseen and less valued than ever before?

I think so …and it’s something I’m thinking and praying about this week. Won’t you join me?

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Waiting and watching with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy


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  1. “…And for some reason today people are more desperate than ever (it seems) to be seen. A truth I believe which speaks deeply to the emptiness inside in spite of the fact that one may have 10,000 FB friends, twitter accounts or followers.”

    That made me think of the following verses, because I think people really want to be “known” and loved for who they really are…

    1 Corinthians 8:3 – But if any man love God, the same is known of Him.

    Galatians 4:9 – But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, why turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements, how is it you desire again to be in bondage?

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    Now the non-spiritual part, while reading of your drive up the mountain I couldn’t but laugh because driving here in the Costa Rica mountains it’s almost all >>narrow

    • Thanks William, its great to hear from you! Your comments always welcome. How are things in Costa Rica?

      • Things are fine here. My report would be my joy and peace outweighs all my sorrows.
        Thanks for asking 🙂


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