I Can See You!
Several years ago I worked in an office in which all of the glass was reflective. One day I was staring out the window with my colleague, Leroy. You might accuse us of idly staring out the window, but you would be wrong. This is how we solved problems – stare out the window while our brains puzzled over a problem and found a solution. I can’t speak for Leroy, but this is how I do my best thinking.
Unfortunately, the building was still mostly vacant, and that end of the parking lot rarely saw any action. Our inspiration had to be the evergreen trees and the birds – except for that day.
So there we were, looking out the window; and a shiny red car pulled up and parked a few yards away from the building but parallel to the reflective windows. We stepped closer to the window and watched a young man step out of the car and put a boom box on the roof of his car. Yes, he actually had a boom box!
He then proceeded to practice his dance moves in the reflection of the window – frequently stopping to hold poses.
Too good to keep to ourselves, we soon had at least five people crowded into my tiny office, and several more in the adjoining offices. This guy was awful, and the thing that makes me saddest of all is that this was before everybody and their brother owned a smart phone. Because I’m telling you, if I’d recorded that, I’d have been an internet sensation.
Most people know that once something hits the internet, it’s viewable forever. But what if we can somehow manage, in this day of smart phone video craze, to avoid the eyes of the world. We're home free, right?
The following passage causes me discomfort when I think of some of my actions, and it also brings me great reassurance. I am never out of God’s sight. Nothing I do, good or bad, escapes His notice. At the same time, I am never out of God’s reach for Him to protect, comfort and guide me.
“Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the Lord; do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord. Jeremiah 23:23-24