From the Field

God Sees You

From the Field

God Sees You


Have you ever heard of cockroach theology? It’s based on the idea that cockroaches run from light. The idea is that when we are exposed as ones who have broken God’s law, we want to run. We want to hide.


Our first brother Adam did it. Genesis 3 says that the Lord called to the man, “Where are you?” And Adam answered, “I was hiding.”


That is one aspect of our “fallen” state. Hiding from God. Hiding from each other.


But here’s an equally troubling result of sin in our world. We wonder if God even sees us. We go through hard times. We are waiting. We long for answers to prayer. And we ask somewhere deep in our hearts, God do you see?


There is a song I’ve learned with Swahili lyrics called “Ameniona.” Ameniona means God sees me. You can hear it here. It says things like: “I will jump for Jesus because He sees me.” “I bless Jesus because He sees me.”


It seems so simple. But it cuts at something we so long for. We toggle between a desire to hide (cockroach theology) and a desire to be known (ameniona).


I notice the desire to be seen over and over again in the Psalms. In Psalm 77 the psalmist writes: “I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me.” Then he asks, “Has God forgotten to be merciful?” And finally reaches the point that he says, “Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.”


One day we will not be in a tug of war between hiding and wondering if we are seen. Yet in the meantime, we serve a God who has made promises. Promises not to condemn us in our shame and also not to abandon us in our trials.


Ameniona! Ameniona!

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