When someone says I see you, what feeling does that evoke? What about when God says it? Does it excite you because you thought he forgot you were down here? Does it make you nervous?
There was a movie where “I see you” was a greeting. It meant, I see the essence of you, I understand who you are at your core. Many times I think we long for someone to understand us, to know we don’t mean to harm. That the real us is someone who wants to follow God, who wants to be kind and gentle, who wants to get it right.
God sees you. He understands you perfectly and loves you without restraint. He sees the puzzle completed; the picture that is you. And not just who you are but who you will become. He sees a spark of greatness. He knows it’s in you, because He put it there.
So stop being so hard on yourself. Try seeing yourself the way God sees you. He knows you’re not perfect, and he doesn’t expect you to be. He just wants us to keep trying – to keep reaching higher, and let Him help us get there.
And what about the people around us? Can we say that we “see” each other? Can we look beyond what we see with our physical eyes and see them with our spirit? It’s a tall order. It’s one thing to perceive greatness in ourselves, but what about that person in your life who makes you nuts?
There’s a spark of greatness in them too. There are hopes and dreams in them that we might be able to recognize and encourage. All through the gospels Christ told us to love one another, and he modeled it for us. He showed us that what we see on the outside isn’t all there is. Can we take the time to find out what makes someone tick? What dreams make them who they are? What disappointments have warped their view of themselves or even of God? Maybe then we can understand them and encourage them to be everything they were created to be. And while we’re helping someone else fulfill their dream, we may look around and discover we’ve made some strides toward our own.