“God, high above, sees far below; no matter the distance, he knows everything about us.” Psalm 138.6
Working on the 16th floor of the tallest building in Lewisham gives one a unique perspective of the southeast London landscapes. Sprawling low rise buildings, intermittent green spots of forests and small parks, key London landmarks all drift in and out of view depending on the fog, smog, and low lying clouds. This time of year makes it difficult to discern the cause obstructing one’s view; whatever it is usually partially blocks one’s sight.
When I try to look at and towards God, I find my own opinions and attitudes coloring the view. I find myself facing a tough road when I try to look without opinion and premonition. I behave as if I already know God intimately! Frequently I listen as if I already know what He is going to say. When I do look or listen I find myself started with what I hear and see.
It is clear from how God reacts to me that He knows me intimately. The Bible tells me this is a fact, yet I find myself surprised to experience it first hand. God knows the ultimate inside details about my life; yet he still cares deeply for me and does not treat me differently because of his knowledge. It appears that the events happening all around me testify to the fact that there is a loving, grace centric, God who works to support and nurture my journey. His support suggests knowledge of the detailed characteristics of what, why, and where of my life.
It is easy to ignore God’s clear sight. We have the ongoing choice as to whether or not we acknowledge God’s presence. We can blissfully go on our way. To see and listen to God is the fundamental choice every person faces at the beginning and during the course of each day. Not making a decision is a choice by itself.
I find it stunning to know a God that sees us clearly and continuously loves unconditionally.