How often are we aware of God as we go about our day?
Right now I’m watching my grandson Micah play on the floor. Books and toys lay scattered all around the tile. He focuses on one item for a moment, tosses it aside, then moves on to another. He pulls up on the kitchen cabinet, attempts to pull a cookbook off the shelf, gives up, then sits down again and crawls off to pick up a book.
He looks over at me often and smiles. He seems to be saying, “Just want to make sure you’re still there, that you’re still watching me.” Periodically, he crawls over and “asks” to be picked up. He settles on my lap for a few seconds, then he wants down again. He crawls away towards a toy, but pauses halfway there to glance at me over his shoulder.
Yes, Nana is still here. Nana is still watching. Nana is close by, just in case.
Micah plays with his toys. Micah crawls around the kitchen. But every moment he is aware of my presence. Obviously he wants me there. In fact, if I step out of the room, he gets upset. He cries. He looks for me. He wants me close. And he knows the difference.
While my eyes were on Micah, my thoughts turned to my heavenly Father. Am I as aware of His presence as Micah is of mine? Do I regularly seek Him as I go about my day? Do I acknowledge His constant watch care over me?
God watches over His children.
God never leaves our side.
Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5, NIV
God knows our thoughts before we speak.
Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. Psalm 139:4, NIV
God sees our every need and meets it. He anticipates our need even before we ask. (Matthew 6:32)
And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19, NIV
God never takes His eyes off His children. His constant presence guards our welfare. He meets our needs. But how often do we acknowledge His presence? Do we thank Him for His constant protection and care? Or do we move through our day rarely even thinking of Him?
How can we foster awareness of God? What are some practical things we can do to acknowledge God’s presence throughout the day?