God Is Mindful of You
I’ve heard people say, “God has enough to worry about without paying attention to my little problems.”
Don’t believe it.
The “God is too busy” idea is a misconception that keeps us from understanding how God sees us. It assumes that God is limited in His attention span, His energy, His capacity for love. And everything I read in the Bible, everything I experience when I keep my spirit open to my heavenly Father, convinces me that’s just not true.
Clearly God is God. He’s perfectly capable of keeping the universe on course and still knowing and loving you intimately. Don’t let yourself fall into the heresy that God is too busy or limited or indifferent to be concerned with you personally.
The Bible says specifically that the Lord is “mindful” of us (Ps. 103:14). That He is thinking about us. He remembers us always. That He watches over us tenderly and never slumbers or sleeps. . . .
That means God knows what’s going on with you 24-7. You’re on His radar all the time. Even if no one else sees you, God does. In fact, He knows every detail about you. Like a doting mother or a passionate lover, He has you memorized. The Bible says God even keeps track of every single hair on your head (Matt. 10:30). So of course He knows about your food allergies and your tendency toward depression and your imperfect body. Even the things that annoy you about yourself or pose serious challenges are part of the entire package God sees and notices and loves.
God is intimately aware of everything about you—every detail.
You never stop being on His mind.
I came to understand this more completely recently because of a little experiment I tried while I was caring for my grandson, Cohen. I happened to be reading a passage from the book of Isaiah that speaks eloquently of God’s mindfulness:
I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. (Isa. 49:15–16)
I looked down at Cohen. And then, on a whim, I grabbed an indelible marker and wrote his name on my own palm. I would never have guessed how often during the next few days that I would look down and see that baby’s name! I’d be reminded of how I love him, how special he is. Most of the time I’d take a quick moment to pray for him. He was constantly on my mind—just as each one of us is constantly on the mind of our heavenly Father.
But God doesn’t just notice you. He doesn’t just keep track of what you’re doing. He also delights in you (Ps. 149:4). He truly thinks you’re wonderful. He’s proud of you.
Think of the implications of having a heavenly Father who sees you this way. He celebrates you and actually enjoys your company. He loves the sound of your voice, recognizes your walk, and chooses to be near you constantly. He loves to spend time with you and loves for you to spend time with Him, both alone and in the company of His other children.
And this is crucial to remember: There is nothing you can do to change the way God sees you. Nothing you can do to make Him love you any less. When you rebel, when you forget Him, when you get lost or fail—He doesn’t stop desiring you or delighting in you.
He is the God who sees and is mindful of you.
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Adapted from The God Who Sees You by Tammy Maltby (with Anne Christian Buchanan). Copyright 2012 David C. Cook. Used with permission. Permission required to reproduce. All rights reserved.