Being the summer holidays we’ve been having a lot fun and amongst other summer activities we have explored a lot of different playgrounds. No matter the playground though, it is only a matter of time before my 3 year old is calling out to me to “Mummy, look at me! Look at me!” His enjoyment at the playground definitely includes ensuring that there is an audience to watch the slide he will take or the monkey bars he will climb.
In the trials we walk through or even perhaps the mundane that we endure, I am sure that our hearts too sometimes whisper or cry out – “look at me!” Not so much. of course, for the reaction my son was after – the “aren’t you clever….brave….etc.” reaction, but for the knowing that God sees us. Sometimes too in the pouring out when no one else seems to notice or care our hearts cry out to be encouraged, to know that we are seen by God.
I love the story that Bobby Conner shares about giving a lady in her 80’s a prophetic word in front of thousands of people. One that the Lord had told him would give this lady’s life meaning and purpose. I could imagine the excitement – what noble, amazing word was going to follow?! But the word was simply this – “Yes, honey, I saw you picking that duck.”
To me, and I am sure to others who heard it at the time, and also to Bobby Conner, it seemed like a confusing and very underwhelming word. But to the lady it meant the world! On receiving it, she laughed and she cried and then she shared how decades earlier, as a young woman during the war, the only job she could find was one that had her on a dock plucking feathers from ducks to be used for military clothing. One day in desperation, she cried out to the Lord, “Oh God, do you even know where I am?”
And yes God did see and know!
God sees, God knows and God loves you!
You may feel insignificant, small or unimportant, you may feel unappreciated by those around you. But you, you are not unnoticed by and you are certainly not insignificant to God. He knows who you are and where you are. He knows your circumstances and what you are going through and He cares because He loves you.
You don’t even need to cry out “Look at me! Do you see me?” because His eyes are upon you, His grace is around you and His love is upholding you. In God you will always find encouragement.
“Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live.” (Psalm 116:2)
“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
My 3 year old loves kinder surprises. In fact all my boys do. There is much excitement whenever they receive one. And their excitement is not so much for the chocolate egg, although don’t get me wrong, that is very quickly demolished! Their excitement is for the yellow container within the egg and the promise of the toy inside. Particularly at the moment as each egg holds the potential for containing a superhero collectable. The excitement when a superhero toy does prove to be inside is huge.
It doesn’t take a prophetic gift to see the junk in our lives. It does however, require the eyes of God to see broken people like Simon (broken reed) and in the midst of their brokenness, call them Peter (Rock). Most people know what is wrong with them but they are unaware of the greatness that God has placed in their lives. That is what prophecy does it calls out the greatness. It finds that yellow container with the gift inside of it and brings it into the open.
In Saul’s first encounter with the Prophet Samuel, he says “Am I not a Benjamite of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak to me in this way?”
The story goes on to describe how Samuel anoints Saul king and tells him that he is going to encounter a group of prophets coming down from the hills. When he joins them, he will be changed into another man. By the time Saul turned to leave, he was changed into another man. He was transformed back into the man that he was designed to be from the beginning. The real man who was hidden under low self esteem and sin was revealed and restored.
Low self esteem has caused many people to lose sight of the greatness that God has place in them. The goal of the gift of prophecy is to bring out the best in people. It is to mine for that gold and find the hidden treasure in peoples’ lives. It is to look past the negative, to prophecy the answer not the problem.
At the end of the day the chocolate egg is long gone, but the toys – well, they are treasured and collected. They’re the real gift.
There is treasure inside of me! There is treasure inside of you! And God is longing for that treasure to be revealed and released to the world around us!