This week I was helping my handsome husband tune a pipe organ and I was appreciating the ceiling of the chancel area from my spot at the pipe organ console. I was considering two rows of carefully lit rosettes in the ceiling when I realized that they most likely were not even visible from the congregation. Later I moved around the sanctuary, but beyond the chancel area, that row of rosettes was completely hidden from view. But there they were, and they were glorious. The craftsmanship was a joy to behold.
Then I realized that I am sometimes like that. Some of us are those rosettes that people can’t see and appreciate. Nevertheless, God sees. It was a epiphany for me. God sees what the congregation may not be able to see. God knows you are lovely.
You’re beautiful to the God who sees you and admires His own design and craftsmenship in your creation. Your worth may be hidden to others, but that doesn’t change the truth that you are made in God’s image. Your worth may even be hidden from you. If that’s the case, I hope you soon realize that the fingerprints of God are all over you. You are extravagantly are loved. Whether or not others see you and appreciate the miracle of you is beside the point. You exist, God knows. Maybe on this day, that is enough.
This reminds me of Hagar, one of the slaves in the household of Sarah and Abraham. She was the woman in the background going about her work, seeing to it that everything got done. She was one of the hidden ones. However, when things went south between her and Sarah and she fled to the wilderness, God noticed. Even in the blistering heat of the wilderness where rejection and tears flowed… God was paying attention. God saw her in this hidden place and spoke gently to her. And Hagar called God “You are the God who sees me.”
Even in the hidden places, God sees. God knows. You are lovely.
This is the first in the Epiphany Series where I’ll be sharing some of the large and small epiphanies of my life. Stick around.