"For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him."

2 Chronicles 16:9

As a self-proclaimed people watcher, I find myself endlessly fascinated when I’m in large crowds. Whether I'm at a crowded beach, in a bustling airport, or surrounded by throngs of cheering fans at a sports game, the sheer number of people indicates an endless number of stories. I want to know what they’re doing. What trials are they facing? Do they know Jesus? How can I be a light amid the traffic of these people?

2 Chronicles 16:9 encourages me. It says, "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth." This scripture tells me that God is also a people watcher. When I find myself asking who these people are, 2 Chronicles reminds me that not only is God watching, but He isn’t simply a passive spectator. He KNOWS. He knows what they’re doing. He knows their struggles and their turmoil. He knows who holds their heart, and He is eager to show His strength.

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In Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh beautifully states, “My life cannot implement in action the demands of all the people to whom my heart responds.” While I could grow frustrated or disheartened that I may not be able to know and meet the needs of each person’s story, I know that by maintaining a heart sensitive to the quiet whispers and nudging of an all-knowing and all-seeing God, I can serve, meet, care for, and shepherd those people who He chooses to place in my midst. Today I urge you to ask Him to reveal – even in the most crowded of spaces – the stories that need your unique ministry, your exclusive gift, that need your obedience to bring light to their situation.

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The Author: Anne Neilson

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