HOW HE'S LOOKING
"For God carefully watches the way
people live; He sees everything they do. - Job 34:21
Years ago, during the hot, humid days of summer
in New Orleans, there was a crippled old man named Mr. Leblanc who would sit each day in a
cane rocker on the porch of his wood shingled house. Trying to catch a breeze, he would
slowly fan himself with a piece of cardboard as he watched everyone and everything that
moved within the radius of his small world. Although
his body was infirm, his eyes were sharp and he saw everything; the people moving in and
out of his orbit and all the small dramas that took place on his street. The ones who wanted the cover of secrecy would
slyly avoid his porch by hanging their heads and crossing to the other side, for they did
not want him to read the guilt they felt if they were involved in something clandestine. Their furtive efforts did not escape his notice
however, but he would feign disinterest by rattling his Times Picayune Newspaper that he
pretended to read.
There he would sit in the shade of his porch
overhang, watching the neighbors go by, lifting his hand in a wave and his voice in a
cheerful greeting. It was not unusual for him
to advise or praise neighbors who did extraordinary things to make life better and
anything beyond ordinary occurrences was fair game.
The highlight of his existence was when a neighbor would pause and spend a few
minutes to chat, and perhaps offer a tidbit of their lives.
He seemed to store and soak up things others had no time to listen to and a simple
but profound Hmmm along with a
nod of his head showed he was carefully listening and sincerely cared. It was not the answers he gave but the obvious
conclusions people came to by themselves because of a listening and sympathetic ear. In all things, he was clearly king of the block,
a man who looked at everything from the vantage point of his dilapidated porch.
Unfortunately the Mr. Leblancs are a rarity in
this fast paced world today. We seldom find
people who are willing to share, without censure, what they have learned of life, or to
offer sage advice and comfort. Locked doors,
cars alarms, and other high tech protection label us a closed and fearful society.
But there is someone of high power who is right
now looking at you with great interest and wants to
share in the big as well as the little things in your life. And His knowledge far exceeds
the Mr. Leblancs of this world. His name is
When your world turns sour and bitter, and
dreams become fragmented reminders of all you longed for that didnt become a
reality, when everything seems to spiral out of your reach, He is the only real Friend you
can count on. If you take the time to look
beyond your loneliness and the heaviness of the burden you carry, you will see Him
standing in the shadows of your darkness just looking at you, watching you, a Friend Who
steps right in and says, If you have faith and trust in me, let me help you carry
that burden. Give it to me.
His gentle, loving attention is focused on you
as you go about your everyday chores. He sees
whether you choose to follow His teachings or follow your own self taught ideas. He knows all about the stumbling blocks thrown in
your way as you go through tribulations. He watches you with knowing eyes even as
you look away into the far reaches of sin.
If you ask Him to, He will lift that burden of
sin and toss it away as forgotten garbage and say, You are forgiven. Your sins have been erased. With infinite perception, He will take you
through all lifes hardships and share the
weight of fears and anxieties that crush you. If you are under the cloud of a broken
marriage, wallowing in the misery of betrayal, financial disasters, health issues,
relationships, and even death, these
heartaches are never too big for Him for these are issues He specializes in solving.
Sadly, many times we all disappoint Him,
thinking we are our own people in matters pertaining to us.
It is when we stop depending on our own
human understanding to fix our broken lives that God will do for us what we could never do
for ourselves. Proverbs 28:26 says, He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever
walks wisely will be delivered. If
we hand over the control of our lives to the Lord, it is then that He will come through
for us. For The eyes of the Lord
watch over those who do right; His ears are open to their cries for help. - Psalms 34:15. The
key is faith. Although He is Almighty and Powerful, He can do nothing unless
you let Him in and willingly hand Him the reins of your life.
Perhaps you are living in a depth of depression, in a box with no windows,
no doors, and no hope. Do not let the size of
that box change the magnitude of your faith, for the measure of your belief and trust in
Jesus Christ will lift you out of your prison and bring you into the sunshine of His
blessings. Do not despair but wait on the
Lord with patience. Jesus Christ can, with belief and trust in Him, turn a
despairing situation into one of expectation, strength, joy, and courage to win the
battles of desolation and the weight of defeat. You
can feel cherished, even in this imperfect world, if you know you have a champion who is
looking out for you.
Old Mr. Leblanc who sat on his porch those many years ago watching
everyone going by is long gone now. If you are ever in the neighborhood you will see
the old rocker is still there but the cane on it is frayed and hanging loose. But as Catholic Christians, we have something
greater than the kindhearted old man who looked after his neighbors. We have the
Savior Who can see all things, Who is right now focusing on you. If you place control in
God's hands through His Son, Jesus Christ, He will see you through the misery of
chaos and confusion. Remember always you do
not take lifes trip alone. Do not
forget that some things you cannot fix or mend except through a master hand.
Even now He is looking at you with eyes full of love and compassion and He
made a way so that you can spend an eternity of joy with Him. He cared so much that He died for you!
My friend, you should see how Hes looking at you!
"For the eyes
of the Lord are over the righteous." 1 Peter 3:12
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