My daughter and grandson visited recently. My daughter shared a story of the day she and Zeke left for the airport to come visit. They had gotten up in the middle of the night to catch a 6 am flight and so it was dark in the car as they drove to the airport. My grandson was awake in the backseat, facing backwards of course, and as they drove along it was quiet. They didn't know if he was awake or not until about fifteen minutes had passed and they heard a muffled, "dah?" (Muffled because of the pacifier in his mouth). My daughter said that it sounded like a question, like he was saying, "is anyone there? I'm in the backseat by myself in the dark. Hellloooooooo!"
We got a good chuckle out of that and I've been thinking about how much we all can feel like Baby Zeke may have been feeling that morning.
We're buckled into a carseat, no real control of anything, facing backwards, it's dark and the only sounds we can hear is the sound of our own breathing. I've felt that way a time or two. I've even given that muffled question, "Is anyone out there? Helllooooooo?"
I came across a neat passage this morning, one that had been highlighted years and years ago, one that really had nothing to do with any circumstance I was in at the time, but as I did often back then, I highlighted it because when I read it, it felt like God was speaking it to me. I couldn't relate to the actual circumstance of the context of the verse, but still God's word spoke loudly. Loudly enough that I highlighted the words.
"And when they heard that the LORD was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped." Exodus 4:31
Now I wasn't a slave of Egypt and I certainly wasn't Moses when I read those words for the first time, but it spoke to me then and it speaks to me now.
The LORD is concerned about me and has seen my misery.
He doesn't have us locked up in a carseat, facing backwards calling out in the darkness, not hearing us and not knowing where we are. He hears us when we call to him. He is paqad for us. He pays attention to, observes with care and practical interest. He attends to us even when it seems we're locked up in the dark. He's there.
I think the biggest lie rejectors of Him believe is that He doesn't care. Perception can be reality, but perception does not define reality.
His concern for us is immeasurable and sometimes hidden, but that doesn't mean He doesn't care and He's not there. Circumstances may hide our view of Him but our circumstances never hide us from His view.
If you dig into the story surrounding this one verse, you will see that not only did and does God care for His people, but He goes to great lengths to rescue His people from their misery.
What's your misery? Where do you not see God working? How long have you felt you are locked in a carseat facing backwards in the dark, thinking you're all alone?
I hope you find comfort and hope and a new refreshing of trust that God is concerned with your misery.
Then do what the slaves of Egypt did, bow down and worship him.
He knows your misery, your aneyam, your affliction, whatever causes you suffering.
He knows and He sees and He is concerned for you. Worship Him, not your suffering.