The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer. Psalm 34:15, I Peter 3:12 (NIV)
COVID-19 quarantine, Zoom meeting number 6,297…
“Hi there. Can y’all see me?” I said, waving at a blank screen.
Tap, tap, tap.
Awaiting to be admitted by the moderator, concern niggles in.
Will I be admitted? I have lots to say.
Is the moderator hesitant, giving this some thought?
I am included among the select group, aren’t I? (These gatherings are by invitation only, you see)
As other faces appeared like bathroom tiles, I felt relief. And with regard to my overall ‘quarantinesque’ appearance, a swift assessment of those staring back assured me I was in good company.
“Morning, everyone,” I said, smiling to brighten my image on the screen.
Silence answered. Brows pinched above moving lips, faces leaning forward in confusion.
Oh wait. “Sorry. It was muted.”
Click. “Can you hear me now?” I said. Please?
And so it goes…
If I never have to attend another Zoom meeting it’ll be too zoom, er, I meant, too soon.
But imagine if our interactions with God were limited to online video conferencing.
In matters of prayer requests, I’d want updates on how he’s handling things at his end. I’d be peering intently at the screen awaiting his appearance, his face indistinct inside a radiant glow. Always beautiful and reassuring.
Perfect, in fact.
But what does he made of my appearance? Or does he even see me? Does he hear? Does he care?
The Bible promises he sees me and hears the cry of my heart at all times. (Psalm 34:15) I’m never out of his sight nor absent from his mind. As to appearance, the king is enthralled by my beauty. I’m fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 45:11, 139:14)
In matters of my obedience, though, how well do I tune in? Is this where the mute option comes in handy?
Just as God called to Adam in the Garden, asking, “Where are you?”, (Genesis 3:9) he does the same with me.
“Mary, where are you? Do you see me? Can you hear me?”
My ability to see his face is dependent on my willingness to seek it. He’s already freely admitted me into his presence, deemed me righteous through the blood of Jesus, sins amply covered by grace.
My ability to see God’s face is dependent on my willingness to seek it. He’s already freely admitted me into his presence, deemed me righteous through the blood of Jesus, sins amply covered by grace. @MaryAFelkins #zoomconferencing #author #inspirational
I have no fear of being kicked out. Any communication issues point to me.
Refusing to admit him into my heart and mind does me and the world in need of his loving grace no good.
So long as I choose to listen with humble heart ready to receive, seek his face and delight in his presence, the interaction with God will be mutually beneficial.
Do you struggle to believe he sees and hears you? How eagerly do you tune in to his voice or offer praise and thanksgiving for who he is and what he’s done?
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