The parent sits on the park bench watching his children play. A book sits open on his lap, but he doesn't pay it much attention. Reads a line. Looks up. Reads a paragraph. Looks up. He is there to keep his children safe.
They need his watchful eye because they are young and don't always know what is right or wrong. If they fall, they will need his aid. But it's more than that. He watches because he delights in their laughter, their childlike abandon, and the creativity of their play.
When I was younger, the omniscient watchfulness of God scared me because I thought of God as a judge. Today, I find it comforting because I know God, like the parent on the park bench, watches me out of steadfast love. Psalm 33 celebrates the Lord as the one who creates with a word, guides history with a plan, watches us with unblinking eyes, and protects and delivers us whenever we fall. We join the psalmist in giving God thanks and praise for that.
Ever-watchful God, thank you for always keeping an eye on us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
An excerpt from Christ in our Home
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