BY: MARYBETH LAYHEW
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BIBLE TEXT: “The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” — Psalm 121:8
PERSONAL REFLECTION: I think almost every parent of a brand new baby has had “the mirror contraptions” in their car — a mirror facing the child in the backseat combined with the rearview mirror so that they are able to see their child who is rear-facing. I watch my baby almost constantly when she is in the backseat. I look when I hear her cough or sneeze, I also use the mirror to locate her pacifier she has dropped as I do the “reach behind and over” her seat in order to put that amazing piece of silencing plastic in her mouth. I also love to watch her amazement of discovering the world around her as it passes by the windows. I started to think about how as a parent watching her is similar to how God watches us… Ellie Kate is completely oblivious to the fact that I am constantly watching her. Why? Because she does not see me.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: God is always watching us and while He does see our stumbles, our failures, our imperfections, isn’t the true reason He is watching us is because he LOVES us so intensely and cares enough to watch over us? Isn’t that the reason all parents watch their children? Do we want to see our children fail? Do we want to see them throw a temper tantrum? No. We watch them because of our love for them. How much more does our Heavenly Father love us?
PRAYER: God, I thank you for watching over me, protecting me, caring for and loving me when I deserve it the least. Help me to become more like You each day, so that I can honor You. I love you. Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
MaryBeth Layhew has been a citizen of Life Assembly for over 6 years. Her passions in life are Jesus, music, The Beatles, traveling (especially cruises), and movies. She also loves to spend time with her husband Josh, their newborn Ellie Kate, and dog, Little Bear.