It was field trip day!
My third grader, Chase, and his classmates filed onto the school bus, chatting and talking, thrilled to be out of the confines of the classroom. Chase and his friend Joshua climbed aboard the bus and headed to the back while the rest of the class sat elsewhere.
I was driving separately in my SUV with the cooler full of sack lunches and drinks for the students and chaperones. Our destination was the Florida State Fairgrounds for Ag-Venture, where we would learn firsthand about Florida Agriculture (and taste yummy food).
Eight-year old Chase knew beforehand I was driving separately. When I pulled my vehicle behind the idling bus, he and Joshua waved. I waved back, smiling at their wiggly enthusiasm. Once we were on our way I made sure to stay directly behind the bus, partly because I needed to follow them into a side entrance to the fairground and partly because I knew my tender-hearted younger son would be watching for me from the back seat.
I didn’t want him to worry that he’d lost me.
Sure enough, during the entire ten mile trip, Chase’s blond head would pop from behind the tall seat back periodically, gazing through the tinted glass of the bus’s emergency back door. His hand would come up, wave enthusiastically. He would go back to fiddling around with Joshua for a few moments – but always reappear, checking.
Is mom there? Yes. She’s still following me.
Fifteen seconds later.
Is mom still there? Yes. She’s right there.
Chase’s constant vigil in keeping his eyes on me reminded me of our awesome God. Did you know – do you believe – His gaze never leaves us? While I followed Chase and the school bus to the Florida State Fairgrounds that morning, a verse crossed my mind, a reminder of the One who faithfully watches those who love Him.
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9, NKJV)
No matter our circumstances, our past, our physical location, our regrets, our hurts, our current trials, God knows. He sees. He has watched each minute of our many days. And He wants our hearts to belong fully to Him.
Wherever you are today in your faith walk, don’t forget that God’s eyes are on you and His love is for you.
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
– Psalm 121:1 (NKJV)
“Thank You God for Your faithfulness and Your care. Help keep our eyes on You just as You always keep Your eyes on us. Help us set our minds on things above…”
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