I have been a mom for a little over 5 years now and the phrase I’ve heard the most times during those 5 years has gotta be “Mom, watch me!”
Yesterday we set up a new blow up pool in the back yard for the kids to play in and at one point they were both yelling at the same time, “Mom, watch! Mom, watch!” My five year old Gus wanted to me watch him run and jump in. My two year old Beau wanted me to watch her put her bubble wand in the water. They would not stop yelling watch until they saw me look up and watch… even though I had already seen Gus jump in the pool and Beau put her wand in the pool several times that afternoon, I watched, and I told them how awesome they were.
A child does not have to be taught to want to be watched. I never sat down with Gus and explained that when he was doing something he wanted mommy and daddy to see that he should ask us to watch him, he just figured it out. It’s a natural instinct to want to be noticed and to want to be praised, especially by your parents.
Because God is our heavenly father it’s natural for us to want to be noticed and praised by Him. We don’t go around shouting, “God, watch me!” all of the time, but I think if we’re being honest, sometimes we wonder if He is watching.
Did he see my pay my tithe, even though I paid it online? Did he watch me serve in the kid’s ministry at church this weekend? Did he notice that I resisted the urge to complain? Did he watch us leave the lake early so we could take our family to church on Sunday? Did he see me choose to spend time in prayer in the car instead of listening to the radio?
Obviously, our relationship with God isn’t based on our performance and the things we do, just like my relationship with my children isn’t based on their performance, it’s based on unconditional love, but even still it’s nice to know that I am pleasing to God and that He sees me living my life to honor Him.
In Matthew 3 Jesus has just been baptized by John the Baptist and as soon as he comes out of the water this happens,
Verse 16-17 ….and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
God wanted everyone that was present to know that He was pleased with Jesus, but He wanted Jesus to know it too. He wanted Jesus to know He was watching.
You might could say, “Yeah, but that’s Jesus, of course God was watching His every move, how can we know that He is watching our every move?” And I might could say, “because Jesus said so.”
Luke 12:6-7 Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
If God is watching and knows when 5 little sparrows get sold and how much they got sold for, don’t you think He is watching you? He most certainly is! I got my hair trimmed and thinned out yesterday, God was watching and He knows what my new hair count is. Isn’t that amazing?
We never have to say, “Dad, watch me!” to God, because He is watching all the time and I’m sure if you took the time to ask Him how He feels about you this morning He would tell you the same thing He told Jesus, “you are pleasing to me.”
- I am never forgotten by God.
- He knows the number of hairs on my head.
- We are pleasing to Him because Jesus was pleasing to Him.
- Sparrows. My favorite little birdies.
- I have two little kids who are always asking me to watch them.
- The kids went upstairs this morning and played together for a good hour. So sweet hearing them laugh and pretend together.
- Josh & I stayed downstairs and got to have some good talks!
- When Josh comes back from a run and has some awesome revelation from God to share with me.
- Check book balanced.
- Started a new Disney Land savings thermometer for our 2014 trip!
- Gus really enjoyed his design a super hero scene kit I found at Target the other day.
- My fridge is completely covered, I mean completely covered, with the kid’s art work.
- Beau took an extra long nap today and then stayed in her room and read books another 30 minutes after she was up.
- I got two blogs written today and lots of things checked off of my to do list for work.
- Apples and popcorn.
- Getting ready for church was much easier this week with all my new dresses to choose from.
- Beau wanted to bring her little chick purse to church. She was so proud of it and wanted to make sure everyone noticed it. Adorable.
- Inside Beau’s purse: Tiny Piglet figurine and Superman’s Dog, Krypto. She’s so fun!
- We sang both of the songs at church tonight that I had been singing at home all day.
- Great message by Pastor Robert about being in God’s presence.
- Gateway so values the presence of God!
- Yummy and easy leftovers for dinner.
- Beau singing “How Great Is Our God” at the dinner table. She said she sang it in her class tonight.
- The teachers that work in Gus & Beau’s classes at church. They do such a good job and I can always tell the kids have been fed the word when I pick them up.
- My husband was looking extra handsome and extra spiffy in his little bow tie.
- Beau was swinging her purse in on the way to Kroger and we didn’t notice Piglet and Krypto fell out until we were checking out, but we found them both lying in the street on the way back to the car. Phew.
- Sleep started at 9:00 tonight… on Josh’s shoulder… to Mountain Men.