It’s Mother’s Day.  Mother’s Day evokes such diverse reaction from women I know.  As I considered the women I know, I imagined them in their homes, doing the things women do.  I wondered how the Lord views our homes and families.  Does He maintain a birdseye view?  Does He look in through the windows?  The vantage points I thought of seemed silly.

 

Then a scripture changed all of my imaginings.

 

But behold, verily, verily, I say unto you that mine eyes are upon you. I am in your midst and ye cannot see me;

I Am in Your Midst and Ye Cannot See Me

 

Mary Martha Jesus Mormon LDSI imagine Him beside us, aware of every detail.

 

He cheers at the successes a newly homeschooling woman feels. He also sees and understands her overwhelm as tasks build on her shoulders.

 

He hears a woman praying for court cases, put on hold, to finalize the adoption of a foster child. He knows the strain and emotional drain of the journey she’s traveled.

 

He whispers ideas into the ear of the newlywed navigating compromise and understanding. He’s aware of her eager anticipation and fears as she faces her new life.

 

He stands by the woman who, while supporting her husband through medical school, now gets to sell their home and move across the country. He’s been there through all the moves and all of the single-handed parenting as they’ve determined to achieve this goal as a family.

 

He rejoices at victories with the woman who’s potty training a precocious toddler. And gives extra super-strength during the moments of frustration.

 

He embraces the woman with an active mind trapped in a non-functioning body and he strengthens her angel mother who surrenders comparative “normalcy” to be her daughter’s advocate.

 

He knows the hopes, dreams and concerns of the woman who has sent her child out into the world during a pandemic. He promises He will fulfill the promises He covenanted with her.

 

He kneels with the empty-nester woman as she pours out her soul for her children and grandchildren. He shines extra light as she endures extra loneliness.

 

He sits with the exhausted woman whose baby wakes up multiple times during the night, every night.

 

He opens the curtains of the woman living in the darkness of sin.

 

He holds the woman sobbing over unmet expectations and broken promises.

 

He cherishes the woman struggling with addiction.

 

He stays with the woman alone at the end of every day.

 

Despite Difficulty and Weakness, There Is a Plan

 

His eyes are upon us—all of us.  And in the midst of mortality’s difficulties and our weaknesses,  He has a plan for us! For our eternal reward.

 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

And I will be found of you, saith the Lord…

He says He is there…as near to us as He possibly can be.  He is in our midst, but we cannot see Him.  Can we ever see Him?

Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am;

I Nothing Lack If I Am His

 

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Women of God, we are His and He is ours forever.

The King of love my shepherd is,
whose goodness faileth never.
I nothing lack if I am his,
and he is mine forever.

 

Where streams of living water flow,
my ransomed soul he leadeth;
and where the verdant pastures grow,
with food celestial feedeth.

 

Perverse and foolish, oft I strayed,
but yet in love he sought me;
and on his shoulder gently laid,
and home, rejoicing, brought me.

 

In death’s dark vale I fear no ill,
with thee, dear Lord, beside me;
thy rod and staff my comfort still,
thy cross before to guide me.

 

Thou spreadst a table in my sight;
thy unction grace bestoweth;
and oh, what transport of delight
from thy pure chalice floweth!

 

And so through all the length of days,
thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
within thy house forever.

 

Even if we can’t see Him yet, may we always know He is with us, always.

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

About Delisa Hargrove
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have moved 64 times and have not tired of experiencing this beautiful earth! I love the people, languages, histories/anthropologies, & especially religious cultures of the world. My life long passion is the study & searching out of religious symbolism, specifically related to ancient & modern temples. My husband Anthony and I love our bulldog Stig, adventures, traveling, movies, motorcycling, and time with friends and family.

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