I Am Invisible
Recently as I strolled through the aisles of the grocery store I almost collided with another shopper who apparently didn’t see me. Though this may be a moment to dream that the reason she didn’t see me was because I was so skinny, that truly was just a longing. She was engaged in a conversation on her smartphone while multi-tasking on her shopping trip and I was as invisible to her as the air she breathed.
Do you feel like that at times? Invisible? Not just to the inattentive shopper, but also to your family, your friends…even God? It is easy to fall into the trap of “nobody cares, nobody loves me and I’m going to eat worms” mentality. We begin the pity party and figure that surely we’re invisible to those around me, even God. Our feelings may start that way because of sin in our lives, or decisions we’ve made. If we are married, we may feel our husband has no idea the issues we’re dealing with. If we’re a Mom, we may be so busy in taking care of our little ones that we think we’re seen only as a cook, maid and chauffeur and not a nurturing Mother. Or maybe we’re single and through our journey of singleness we feel nobody really understands what it’s like to be alone.
Going to the book of Psalms is always a good place to find the encouraging words we need in times like these. Psalm 121 is one of those Psalms. Here is the entire chapter….with italicized notes pointing out how much we are cared for by God.
“I lift my eyes toward the mountains.
Where will my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
your Protector will not slumber.
…the Lord protects us, the One who made the heavens and earth watches so our feet won’t slip, and he never sleeps….He watches us while we sleep…
Indeed, the Protector of Israel
does not slumber or sleep.
The Lord protects you;
the Lord is a shelter right by your side.
…as our Protector, He is also our shelter, and He never leaves our side…
The sun will not strike you by day
or the moon by night.
The Lord will protect you from all harm;
He will protect your life.
…even when life is rough, we can trust that God sees and protects us from harm, He protects our lives and nothing takes Him by surprise
The Lord will protect your coming and going
both now and forever.
…His promise of protection is forever and ever…
Feeling invisible now? I pray that you aren’t and that when you do, you’ll find comfort in looking to the hills where your help comes from. It comes from the Lord.
This is a recap of Week Five from the Angela Thomas’ Bible study, Brave. The women of NAOBC recently completed this study and recaps from each of the six weeks will be posted.