I love going to the orchard and shopping at the farm store – getting apples directly from the orchard is wonderful. I always bring home a wide variety of apples, with all the differences in flavors and textures that await the first bite!
I thought it would be fun to make applesauce. So, one day when my young grandson was at the house, I enlisted his help in preparing the apples. He used the peeler/corer/slicer, turning the handle while the apple rotated through the various blades that accomplished their purpose – this resulted in making the apple ready for the pot much faster than if we had done it by hand with a paring knife.
When one of the apples was completed, and it had stayed in one sliced piece – similar to a slinky – he took it and peered through the center hole saying: “Grammy, I have my eye on you.” I responded “I see you too!”
That little exchange reminded me of many scriptures in which God speaks of seeing us and, also its inverse, where we are reminded to look and see that which God has done. The Israelites were reminded that they had seen God’s work on their behalf and they should remember that and follow God with all their heart, mind and soul:
“For your eyes have seen all the great work of the LORD that he did.”
Deuteronomy 11:7 ESV
Then there are times when those of faith have asked that God would open other’s eyes. When Elisha and his servant were in the hills, surrounded by the enemy, the servant was fearful.
“Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
2 Kings 6:17 ESV. Elisha had faith because He knew God. He knew that there was no reason to be fearful because God had His angels surrounding them, protecting them, securing them for further work for His kingdom. After the servant’s eyes were opened, he too saw the protection and no longer feared as before. The servant could have said that which David said in the psalms:
“But my eyes are toward you, O GOD, my Lord; in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!”
Psalm 141:8 ESV
The security referenced by David is not limited to the Old Testament times. Our security in the Lord is reaffirmed in the New Testament when we are reminded that God sees His children and responds to their prayers.
“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
1 Peter 3:12 ESV
Of course, we also have the scripture telling us about Jesus’ healing the blind as He went through the villages and cities during His ministry. See Matthew 20:30-34, for an example.
The same God who saw what was going on in the Old Testament, who sees what is happening with His children, who walked through the streets giving sight to those who asked of Him, that very same God is watching us today, in 2017. He sees what we are doing, He knows what we think before we take any action on those thoughts, in fact He knows what we are going to say before we even give utterance to those thoughts. Psalm 139:1-4. God is intimately involved with His children, on a level that is so deep and so personal that we cannot imagine it.
Today, let this be a comfort to you. Let this permeate your heart, mind and soul. God – the Almighty, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent Creator of the Universe – sees you and He wants to open your eyes so that you will see Him as He works His plan in and through you.
“Grammy, I have my eye on you!”
“Linda, I have MY eye on you!”
Oh, may I live and move this day in the full realization and assurance that God has His eye on me. May you do so as well.
Father, I praise Your name and thank You for Your watchfulness, Your protection, Your mercy and Your grace. I thank You for being with me even when I am unaware of Your presence. Open my eyes today so that I would see You and Your Hand working in my life and in others, for Your glory and honor.