It’s easy in the bustle of the marketplace to feel invisible. The strange thing is, busy, noisy, crowded, places can often feel the most lonely of all.
I lived 11 years in London in the UK, and believe me you can quickly become a faceless number in the mass of humanity in a city like that. The sheer demand on people’s attention when they are crushed like sardines into a relatively small plot of land weighs and pushes on the soul in ways that are hard to describe.
I think the same is true in the virtual space. With every Tom, Dick, and Harry pushing their latest, greatest, shiny wonder, your small voice can seem lost in the din. The demands of attention-seeking ads and offers, celebratory postings of glorious victories, white teeth, and tanned bodies, bulging bank accounts with biceps to match, and another best seller, can leave your jaded brain drained of any will to step into the ring.
Especially if you’ve been knocked down a few times.
Or maybe that’s just me?
Maybe I’m the only one who gets lost in the noise, and spun out with lofty expectations that are so often disappointed.
Hear me. I’m not complaining. I run a very successful six-figure business that would be the absolute envy of many who are right now where I once was on this journey of discovery.
But know this, even as you climb the ladder and gain a few stripes of your own, the noise doesn’t stop. It just gets more expensive.
So how do we stand out?
Is the answer to shout louder? Turn up in hot pink pants, a silver glittered jumpsuit, or with neon green hair, blaring your own trumpet lounging on your Lamborghini? Do you need to inflate your promises and offers so they fill the sky and blot the sun?
“I’m here! I’m here!”
In the midst of a million others shouting the same thing.
Or is there a more peaceful path to profits? A quieter road to your happy place?
One of God’s names answers this question in the most wonderful way.
Yahweh is the God who sees, El Roi.
She [Hagar] gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi [the”well of the Living One who sees me”]. (Genesis 16:13-14)
He sees you.
He sees you in your humiliation and your triumph, He sees you in your shame and your celebration. He sees and knows you on your best days and your bad.
He sees you.
Speaking with the Holy Ghost early last week the words, ”I believe in You” came out of my lips. Maybe that’s not surprising, but what happened next in the conversation caught me off guard. Immediately He reflected back, speaking through the mirror of my heart, and repeated the words back to me.
“I believe in you”.
God sees you. God, your Father in Heaven, believes in you. The well of the Living One who sees you is springing up within you, affirming your worth, and calling you forth.
We need to allow Him to help us see others, so we can more effectively help them.
We need to be the reflector of His declaration, “I believe in you”, and bring those beautiful words to a world desperate to hear them from a genuine heart.
I believe you can write a book that will change lives.
I believe that that you can take what you know and package it in ways that will make a difference and build a legacy.
I believe that you have a unique voice and that you will find it as you begin to speak.
Stay true to Him, and let the confidence that He sees you exactly where you are at, and will lead you to your next milestone, strengthen you as you step up and step out today.