My grandson often repeats, “Papaw, did you see me…” or, “Watch me…” You can fill in the blank with almost anything he does or desires to be noticed doing. It can be a really small thing, however he still longs to be observed. He lives for that voice of approval and praise. It’s a child thing, right
Actually it’s a people thing. Do you desire your spouse to notice you? How about your boss? Do you like it when your teacher notices your extra effort or when your neighbor compliments you on your landscaping?
Here is the troubling thing in longing to be noticed. If it’s simply all about me, then I can’t be noticed enough. If being noticed connects to my personal need for security or affirmation, I can’t get enough. In my desire to build some level of esteem, my need becomes insatiable.
Did you know that God notices you? Why wouldn’t He, He created you. He longed for your time to be born. He has always had a plan and a desire for your life. He has never given up on you and He is continually watching you, noticing you and delighting in you. All other approval can become lost and we can become deeply discouraged in our self-effort to be noticed, but He waits to show you His love and His approval.
No spouse, no child and no parent can satisfy your longing to be noticed. However, God knew you before you were even found in your mother’s womb. (Jeremiah 1:5; Ephesians 1:4) You have His eye!