It is early and still dark outside. The street lights illuminate patches of sidewalk outside of the coffee shop. I’ve been enjoying the quiet for almost an hour, drinking my mocha coffee while I surf the web and listen to the radio. My headphones allow me to be here in this space and be somewhere else all at the same time. Technology is amazing like that.
I am a keen observer of people, and so sitting at a table in the corner of the coffee shop is a prime location for such observing. Most people are in and out quickly, getting their coffees to go. Others, older individuals are regulars. These guys know the baristas by name and have inside jokes and smiles that they share. Reading newspapers, talking, watching TV, surfing the net, or just quietly sitting and thinking. We are all here together and yet we are each in our own world.
I wonder what these individuals plans are for today? Everyone goes about life, each time the bell above the door tinkles and the door closes, someone else is gone. Each left to start the day’s adventures. Each to make their mark on the world. Some will paint their corner of the world with vibrant splashes of color, while others walk quietly through the mundane.
Each face is unique and significant. Husbands, grandfathers, moms, sisters, daughters, sons, and friends. Each life touches another, intertwined together. I look at faces and I wonder what their stories are?
When God looks at us, what does He see? He sees our heart and our motives that our faces can sometimes hide. He knows both our pain and our joy. Nothing is hidden from Him. He is the Master Observer, but God is not satisfied with just being a casual observer. He longs for relationship with each of us. Real. Personal.
Get to know Him. One on one.
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 NIV