You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Psalm 139:3
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. Matthew 10:29
When I was a young boy, growing up in my parents’ motel, my sister would occasionally ask, “Do you want to sneak a soda?” I would quickly agree, and we would go down to the storage room where the cases of Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Petter, and Grape sodas were kept. It was there that Dad also hid the crank that opened the door of the soda machine. With crank in hand, we would open the soda machine and get two sodas – one for each of us. I’m not sure whether my parents ever knew it or not.
Perhaps you’ve done your own soda-sneeking of sorts. Maybe you’re thinking that God doesn’t notice your little pranks and peccadillos. You’ve side-stepped expense account details, and thought you’d gone unnoticed. You’ve overlooked certain requirements for your promotion, and managed to get away with it.
On the other hand, you might despair of being noticed by God when you are in trouble or distress. You can wonder whether you have God’s attention – especially if you’ve seemed to go unnoticed in your wayward ways.
We don’t go unnoticed, however, in either case. God takes note. There is an edge to this truth.
God looks down from heaven
on the children of man
to see if there are any who understand,
who seek after God.
3 They have all fallen away;
together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one. – Psalm 53:2-3
But to those who acknowledge their sin and look to God for mercy and grace, there is a better hope, and a greater comfort. God notices us, and has his eye on us. We may wonder whether we’re worth it to God. Some have even said, “God has more important things to do than worry about me and my needs.” That’s simply not true. God doesn’t get overloaded lie a clogged internet connection.
We are precious to God. We matter to him. Even when he sees us in our sin, he yearns for our good and blessing.