Know Me, Lord!
To be considered important, valuable and wanted is one of the basic needs of our lives. So often we feel like we're just a part of a crowd. In the stadiums, ballparks, arenas and sometimes the bigger churches, we feel like just an indistinguishable face in a very big crowd. We find, in our mailboxes, letters and other mail addressed to "occupant". We hurry down streets where no one may recognize us. Sometimes we began to wonder if our lives have any significant meaning to anybody else. Many experts think that many of our social problems come from this need gone astray; people searching for a way to say "I'm important, I count for something, please notice me!"
The truth be told, is that we are all noticed much more than we realize. We are noticed by friends, family, colleagues and even strangers are affected by the things we do and say. But even beyond the associations of other people, there is a vast amount of love and concern from the God who loves us all. It should be comforting to each of us to know the prayer of the poet
"O regard me, Lord" from the music "O Divine Redeemer" is answered even before it is asked. Whether or not we feel the praise of others, or we feel ignored and unknown, the Lord always regards us. To Him, our importance is never dimmed.
The old Testament book of Jonah, tells of the prophet Jonah. He didn't appear to like God's command to go to a city and preach His word. So Jonah fled, or at least tried to flee from the presence of God. He thought of God as only a local deity from whom he could hide. Perhaps, you and I have tried to hide or feel hidden from God. Sometimes, we think, "Who am I that God should care about or notice me?" After all, we are only one out of billions of people who inhabit the world. It strains our imagination to think that we are worthy of being "regarded" by God, Himself.
But we must be assured that God does love and regard us. His attention is focused on our struggles and our efforts towards growth. His end aim is our welfare, spiritual growth, and salvation. His love is not only directed toward humanity collectively, taken as a whole and undivided. It goes to the drama of our simple life, to our very personal and independent existence. No! we say. to those who love God, we need never to think that we're unwanted, unloved, or unneeded. God's greatest concern is our individual well being.
Pastor Hans Lillejord