The other evening, around dusk, my oldest son and I were in the yard and all of a sudden this big owl came swooping through and perched in a nearby tree. I’ve seen various species in the wildlife community in our neighborhood, but never an owl. I find owls intriguing. I remember years ago when we lived in Tennessee, an owl took up residence in a member’s barn. For several weeks, like a silent companion, he was there. Honestly, it kind of wigged me out. Whenever I was there at the barn I always felt as if it was watching me. And I suppose it was!
There’s an unsettling aspect of “being watched.” You may recall on the kids’ show Monsters, Inc. a Miss Roz. Roz is a large, yellow, slug-like monster with pointed white and gray hair. One of the memorable quotes from the movie is when she says, with a healthy dose of suspicion, “I’m watching you, Wazowski. Always watching. Always.”
Generally speaking, nobody likes to be watched, at least when it’s unsolicited or unknown. There are other times, however, in which it’s comforting. Typically, as parents, we are very attentive to our children. Whether the child is eating something he could choke on, or crossing the street, or perhaps receiving an award, conscientious parents are eagerly watching. I remember when our son played soccer, we loved to watch him play. If we ended up missing a game, it was not by choice. While there were 22 players, 3 on-field referees and scores (excuse the pun) of fans in the stands – my wife and I had our eyes fixated on just one thing – our son. Maybe you can relate.
I can’t help but believe that that’s how God must think about us. The Bible states, “The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Ps. 121:5-8). The next time you see an owl, watch Monsters, Inc. or attend an event in honor of a young person, I hope you’ll reflect on just how fond God is of you and how that He is always watching, always.