A few weeks ago, as we were driving in the car, Annalise piped up with one of those questions only a child can come up with.
“Mom, is my eyeball gonna fall out?”
Now my initial instinct was to tell her that was a crazy question and why in the world was she worried about something so far-fetched. But it wasn’t far-fetched in her world. To an 8-year-old, it probably seemed entirely possible that she could bend over and lose an eyeball. So I couldn’t just dismiss her very sincere question.
“No, Annalise. You’re eyeball isn’t going to fall out.”
She wasn’t satisfied with that blanket declaration and so I went on to explain that God created our eyeballs to be secure and safe in their sockets, that they’re attached by muscles and nerves and hemmed in by bones above, below and all around so that they can’t just fall out if we bend over. (That’s about as technical as I can answer off the top of my head; apologies to the medically trained who might be cringing at my layman explanation.)
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She grew silent and my explanation seemed to assure her that her eyes were safe.
Until a few days later when she asked the exact question again. I very patiently told her that it was impossible for our eyeballs to fall out, again gave my basic anatomical know-how and assured her that I didn’t know anyone whose eyeball had ever fallen out.
Over the course of the next few weeks, Annalise periodically asked this question again — always in the car; always when there was some quiet thinking time — and I would give her the same answer. It was just physically impossible for her eyeball to fall out. (I’m pretty sure some of you are googling this right now.)
Annalise’s question reminded me of the times I’ve asked God some of my own questions. Even when they’re unfounded, when life gets hard or we are given a diagnosis or a notice at work, or we wake up to a life that has collapsed underneath us, our mind can begin to churn with all kinds of questions:
- Does God see my need?
- Does God care about me?
- Is God going to take care of me?
Those must seem like far-fetched questions to God, but they aren’t so far-fetched when it’s our life teetering on edge. And in God’s great love for us, He doesn’t dismiss our questions. We are in relationship with Him and we get to ask those questions. The psalms show us that David sure asked these kinds of questions on some of his hardest days.
- Yes, God sees our need.
- Yes, God loves us with an everlasting love.
- Yes, God will take care of us.
And though declaring it once should be enough, God assures us over and over that He is the God who sees, that He loves us and that He WILL take care of us. In fact, God’s Word tells us it’s impossible for Him to neglect us:
“Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?
But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!” Isaiah 49:15
Does God see our need?
She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13
For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. Matthew 6:8
Does God care about me?
Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. Ephesians 3:18
Will God take care of me?
But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing. Psalm 34:10
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
You may be in a season of real testing, of waiting, of hope. Rest assured that God sees your need, He loves you with an inexhaustible love and He will take care of you.
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