The God Who Sees

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Winter days in Las Vegas are chilly. One morning, I could hear the wind blowing against the house. I layered my clothes, put on my down jacket, scarf, gloves, baseball hat and a beanie over the hat. You would have thought I lived in Alaska, but I’m a former California girl, and I’m used to warmer weather. Nevertheless, I was determined to enjoy the outdoors, so dressed in layers with limited mobility, I waddled outside and began my trek.

The harsh wind made my face sting. I pulled the brim of my hat down and lowered my head to shield my face. I pressed into the wind and what normally was a sunrise scene became asphalt view. That’s when I saw it. Laying on the ground was a fallen sparrow.



Nothing Escapes God’s Attention

I slowly approached to see if the sparrow was injured, but the little bird was lifeless. Sadness gripped my heart. Logically, I knew these things happened, but I’m the kind of person who mourns the loss of a goldfish. I’m a little sappy that way.

I found a final resting place for the little sparrow under a palm tree and whispered. “That’s the best I can do little guy.” I continued my walk, and a scripture came to mind.

What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.  And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.

Matthew 10:29-31 NLT

Remembering the scripture, gave me a deeper sense of connection with God. God saw the fallen sparrow. He created the sparrow, designed it to fit its environment, cared for it through nature, and God knew when he stopped toiling. If God cared that much for a little bird, imagine how much he cares for us.


The God Who Sees

Sometimes, we feel spiritually lifeless like that fallen sparrow. A disappointment, a hurt, a poor choice, or an unfortunate circumstance can knock us down.

Or perhaps, you know in your mind God is watching, but your heart feels disconnected; God feels distant. Nothing can be further from the truth. God is always with us, and we never lose his attention. He is our God “El Roi,” The God Who Sees.

Are you struggling? God is with you. God sees you at this very moment. His attention is fixed on you, and His love and goodness will bring you into a new season–a season a fruitfulness.


Marisa Shadrick


“Names of God.” Accessed January 26, 2017.

Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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