Have you ever been in one of those "new-fangled" bathrooms where everything works by sensors. I guess they think it will save water and paper, but I'm not convinced that it is best invention for me. The other day when I was in one of those bathrooms, the silly commode flushed twice before I got up, and then wouldn't flush when I was through! I waved my hand in front of the sensor several times. Even sat down and got up again hoping to trick it into flushing, and then finally found the little button and flushed it manually.
Next I went to the sink. GREAT -- automatic soap dispensor and faucet. I did my thing and waved my hand for some water....no luck. Maybe you have to do the soap first....no luck. I took a quick glance in the mirror. Yes, I was really standing there. One more attempt and the water did come on, got a little squirt of soap and the water stopped. Another few attempts got the water running again. YEAH!! Clean hands. As I glanced over to the paper towels, you guessed it, sensor driven again! That too gave me trouble. As I was waving my hand in front of it, a woman walked into the bathroom. I asked her, "Am I really here, or am I invisible, because the paper won't dispense for me." She just laughed, I wiped my hands on my pants, and left the bathroom.
We can laugh when the situation involves a sensor on an object, but what about the times when we feel we are invisible to the people around us? Have you ever been to an event and wandered around hoping someone would notice you and invite you into the conversation? Have you been stressed and pleading for family members to help around the house only to be ignored? Have you ever been talking to someone when someone else, "seemly more important," comes in and the person leaves you mid-sentence? When these things happen, you feel invisible and it's easy to get discouraged. We feel no one really sees our needs or cares about us. It's in times like these, that we need to remember there is Someone who does see us and knows us better than we do ourselves. We are never invisible to the Lord.
So, when you have those moments when you wonder if you really ARE invisible, take a look in the mirror -- the mirror of God's Word -- and know that you are precious in His sight.
Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; You understand my thoughts from far away. You observe my travels and my rest; You are aware of all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, You know all about it, Lord. You have encircled me; You have placed Your hand on me. (Psalms 139:1-5)