Great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the children of man, rewarding each one according to the fruit of his deeds. Jeremiah 32:19
“Dang, Captain Gibbens you’re like a mom. You see and hear everything.” Yep. I try. In educational circles, there is a nebulous thing called “with-it-ness.” It is one of those things you know when you see it, but it’s hard to define and even harder to teach. You pretty much have it, or you don’t.
With-it-ness is that uncanny sixth sense moms and teachers tend to possess that allow them to catch culprits of minor crimes before they are committed, in spite of having their backs turned to the misconduct emerging out of their line of sight. With-it-ness requires being tuned into what is going on around you, as well as to what is “not” going on nearby.
In our house when our boys were little, the sounds of silence usually meant something naughty was happening in an unseen corner of the house. In the classroom, the subtle shifts in expressions, body language and sound levels, signal that something is up. With-it-ness requires relentless vigilance. Every mom and teacher can testify to the fact that momentary distractions often result in momentous disasters.
According to Jeremiah 32:19, God possesses picture-perfect with-it-ness. He is constantly vigilant. He is never distracted. He is never caught off guard. He is aware of everything, everywhere, at all times. Not only does He see everything, He is able to do something about it. “Great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the children of man, rewarding each one according to the fruit of his deeds.”
I don’t know about you, but knowing God is vigilantly watching over me and mine, takes a load off my shoulders. His with-it-ness far exceeds mine. Not only is He more aware of what is going on, He is better able to handle it, and because of that, I can entrust myself and my loved one to his supervision and care. I can rest knowing that God has it under control and that nothing will sneak by Him unaware.
His watchful protection allows me to say like Jeremiah, “Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heaven and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17)
On days when I am distracted by the worries and stresses of my life, I can rest assured that God is watching over me and He has it under control.
What unseen worry do you need to surrender to God’s with-it-ness today?
Thank God today for his watchful protection over you and your loved ones.
Between a husband, 2 sons, and teaching high school my sanity is found in running and Starbucks. I have a circle of running friends who inspire me to be authentic and real as I live a life of faith before them.