Nobody Sees Me

December 5, 2012

Parenting

InvisibleManYears ago I attended a national autism conference. A lot of parents had gathered together to learn more about autism, the latest learning technology, and to bond with other parents who are traveling on the same journey.

I sat alone during the keynote speakers’ presentation, among 500 other parents.  I remember looking around and thinking, “Nobody sees me.”  I might as well been invisible.  They didn’t know who I was, know about my life, or about my children.

It made me think about how in life we all want to be known. We want to feel appreciated.  Whether we’re attending church, taking our son to school, or our daughter to her therapist’s appointment,  we don’t want to be the one that nobody knows.  We don’t want to feel alone.

I don’t know about your life today. I don’t know if feel alone even when you’re in a place surrounded by people.  Maybe you woke up today without having anyone you looked forward to seeing. But God sees you, even though you may feel like you’re alone.  God is there. God cares.

God sees you.

He sees the heart behind what you try to accomplish for your child with special needs.

He sees the daily schedule that’s too full…work, laundry, cooking, bills, the demands of parenting a child with special needs.

He sees your weariness.

He sees the little that you have left at the end of a long day.

God sees you.

I’m reminded of Hagar.  Hagar was the Egyptian handmaid of Sarah, the wife of Abraham. When Sarah found herself unable to have children, she arranged to make Hagar the concubine of Abraham, to start a family through her. The result was Ishmael, but years later when Sarah did actually have a child of her own, Isaac, she had Hagar and Ishmael put out of the family…thrust out into the desert.

Hagar is alone, frightened and sure that God is nowhere around. Yet, in her daily trials, God knew exactly where she was. He saw every move she made.  He came to her to offer comfort and hope.  Hagar stood amazed in the profound truth that God Almighty had His eye on her.  She cried to Him with thanksgiving:  “You are the God who sees me” (Genesis 16:13).

God sees you.

God sees a woman who simply needs to know that she is worthy of being a mother.

God sees a father who is enough – even though he doesn’t think that he is.

God sees parents that need Him so desperately that they sometimes forget that they do.

God sees your hurt when you’re misunderstood by family and friends.

God sees when no one else cares to look because they’re too busy.

God sees through the smile you wear when you’re dying on the inside.

“You are the God who sees me” (Genesis 16:13).

I want every parent reading this to know that the same God who saw Hagar has His eye on you. He knows where you are. He sees what you are going through.  He cares about you, and whether you feel it or not…you are “the apple of His eye.” Psa. 17:8.

Michael Woods

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About Michael Woods

Christ-follower, husband, chocoholic, and peanut-butter lover! I'm a father to triplet boys...each on the autism spectrum.

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2 Comments on “Nobody Sees Me”

  1. Joyce Weatherford Says:

    great article, thanks for sharing your heart.

    Reply

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