A Close-Up

The light from her headband shines brightly into my eyes. My jaws are tired from holding them open while she probes by gums and examines my teeth. Pretty soon, I begin to wonder what she sees in my nose. She says she never even notices people’s noses – she only cares about teeth. But that seems impossible to me. She knows how much tarter I have. She can tell when my diet changes. Is the skin under my eyebrows is flaking? Would that gross her out? The thought of her seeing so many of my flaws up close and personal makes me almost as uncomfortable as that metal pick scraping the back of my teeth.

We all have things in life that we would like to keep private. When one of those things comes to light, we feel embarrassed and vulnerable. But as hard as we may try, we will never hide any of these things from God. “No creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13). Indeed, “The eyes of the Lord are in every place,

keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Psalm 15:3). As God told his prophet, “’Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him?’ declares the Lord. ‘Do I not fill heaven and earth?’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 23:24).

Maybe God knowing everything about you seems scary, but it’s actually a good thing. Because God loves you. He loves you in spite of all the things you wish to keep secret. Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31). God knows everything about you – and he loves you anyway. Do you need to stop trying to hide, and start asking for his help?