Last week a baby hummingbird fell from it’s nest into our patio. Although he can’t fly properly yet, he has fluttered up into a small tree, where he cheeps urgently every twenty minutes or so, and soon the mother appears to feed him. All day long. It’s amazing to remember that God is aware of even the tiny birds when they fall. How much more so us. Jesus says, “Even the hairs of your head are all numbered.” I’ve always vaguely thought of passages like this in terms of God’s omniscience, an abstract product of his transcendence–He can see all this because of His enormous perspective.
But recently I came across these sentences in Philip Yancey’s book, Prayer: “A God unbound by our rules of time has the ability to invest in every person on earth. God has, quite literally, all the time in the world for each one of us.” Suddenly my awareness shifted dramatically. Instead of subconsciously assuming that God is seeing everything and eveyone at once, and busy with it all, a door opened in my mind and I saw that God’s attention is focused on me. All the time.
Psalm 139 says this, of course. Duh! It’s been right there all the time:
O Lord, You have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
You know when I sit or stand….
How precious it is, Lord, to realize
that You are thinking about me constantly!
I can’t even count how many times a day
Your thoughts turn towards me.
And when I awaken in the morning,
You are still thinking of me!
Understanding this has transformed not only my prayers. It has taken my whole relationship with God into a different dimension. Until now, I needed scriptures such as Psalm 139 and others in Light from the Word to renew my mind and re-convince me periodically of the objective fact of God’s love. I didn’t realize that my subconscious assumption was that my prayers interrupted a busy God who was preoccupied with more important things.
Waking to the awareness that when I speak to Him, God has already been paying attention because He has all the time in the world for me, is….incredible! It calms and restores the soul, and encourages conversation.