My grandson often asks me, “Papaw, did you see me _________?” You can fill in the blank with almost anything he does or desires to be noticed doing. It can be really small, but he still wants to be observed. He longs 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 attention. In my desire to build some level of esteem, my need becomes insatiable. My being noticed tank will never be full.
But, 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 found in your mother’s womb. He has always taken notice of you. (Jeremiah 1:5; Ephesians 1:4)