How long has it been since you have marveled at the hand of God on your life? It seems we spend far more time beating ourselves up over things we could have done and opportunities we failed to seize, as opposed to taking the time to reflect on all that God has done for us and through us. We lose our self worth because we fail to recognize how much we are valued. We compare ourselves to others instead of understanding who we are in the eyes of Jesus. Each of us is significant; every one of us matters. We all have a role to play in the life that has been entrusted to us, but it is up to us to recognize it.
When we were small, God was there. Angels danced in celebration when we were born, and the eyes of God beamed in anticipation of all we might become for His glory. He watched over our growth and development while calling out to us all along the way. He slayed the monsters under our beds and held us steady as we rode a bicycle for the first time. It was He who healed us when we fell and dried the tears from our eyes when no one else was around. With each passing year, it was He who molded us, forming us into the person He designed us to become.
As teenagers, He watched over us through everything. He saw the things we did that we should not be doing, yet continued to love and call out to us. When we took the wheel of a car for the first time, He was there to protect and instruct us. When we had our hearts broken, He was there to put the pieces back together again. He was the friend we could always talk to regardless of the circumstances. He was the constant gardener, pruning the rough edges and shaping us into the person who would best serve His Kingdom.
As adults, God is still there. He is there when we embark on a career and face challenges and temptations we have never known. God is there when we commit our hand in marriage and He is there when we face the struggle of being alone. He sees our heartaches and He knows our pain. He longs to wrap us in His arms and give shelter from all the damage the world inflicts upon us. His voice still beckons us to follow and to find a life greater than we have ever imagined, one lived for His Kingdom and His glory. He has never forgotten the person He created us to be, yet He allows us to go another way if we should choose. He waits patiently, following close behind, longing for the moment we will return. He is our provider and our comfort. He is our constant help in trouble.
When all is said and done and we breathe our last, if we have been faithful to love and follow Him, we will meet Him face to face. At last we will truly understand the enormity of His love. We will marvel at His utter beauty and holiness. God has always been there, yet we have known Him only in glimpses and pieces of the truth. When we gaze upon His glory, we will look back and see that He has always been with us and wonder how we could have so often missed that fact. He is our redeemer, He is our Creator. In the end He will be our sustainer. Take some time to marvel at his love and worship Him as Lord of your life. He is always by your side; recognize His presence today and rest in His love.