She asked me to help. As I stood at her desk, I happened to see an email that was not for my eyes. I saw words I shouldn’t have seen. What was I to do now? I couldn’t unsee what I shouldn’t have seen. It wasn’t my information to see. It wasn’t my news to share. I couldn’t erase it. I had to keep quiet.
It wasn’t a place I wanted to be. Knowing information that I shouldn’t know. Once known, it’s always known. Now the waiting begins. Until someone else shares the news. I wasn’t going to spread gossip. Even if the information was true. I was keeping quiet.
I recently overheard one side of a conversation. She was on the phone in the ladies room. First thing in the morning. I overheard words she spoke in private. I took a pregnancy test this morning. It was positive. It was a conversation she didn’t want anyone to hear. But there we were. In the same room. At the same time. I didn’t know her. She didn’t know me. But now I know something about her that she wanted kept private. What am I to do?
I couldn’t unhear what I had overheard. I wasn’t trying to eavesdrop. I didn’t even know her, but now I know her secret. I know information that I wasn’t supposed to know. I’m keeping the news to myself.
The Lord is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3
There is one who sees everything, hears everything and knows everything. That is not me. That is God.
Is the fact that God sees all a warning to you, or is it an encouragement to you?
I read that sentence in the daily devotion, and it jumped out at me. I guess it just depends on the day. That’s what I think.
I need to be reminded that every word I say is heard. Every thought I think is read. Every action I take is seen. What I say and do in secret, really isn’t secret. How often should I be ashamed and confess?
Some days I need to be reminded that I am being watched. That all my words and actions are seen and heard by God. I need the nudge to be kinder. To say polite words. To use my indoor voice. To treat others the way I want to be treated. I do need that watchful eye on me. Even when I want to hide.
Other days, just knowing that God sees all feels like a gentle hug of comfort to me. It feels as if I’m sitting in front of a fire keeping warm. It tells me that I’m not overlooked when I’m feeling lonely. It reassures me that I’m being seen when I feel unseen. It lets me know that he sees my needs and will provide.
A popular song tells us that God is watching us. from a distance. If that is true, then why do I feel him closer than a heartbeat? Why do I sometimes feel that he’s walking right beside me? Why do I feel a nudge when I’m disobedient? Can a God who sees me from a distance be so close? At the same time?
In a world quick to condemn, criticize and overreact, be quick to be kind. ~~Rachel Macy Stafford
Yes, please. Because God is watching and he sees us when we condemn others. When we criticize those who are different. When we overreact to others when we’re misunderstood. He also sees us when we’re kind. And loving. And caring. When we serve others who may never acknowledge what we do. He sees. He sees us. All the time.