Do you ever feel like someone’s watching you? That there’s someone nearby? With a presence so strong you turn and look for them? It isn’t always paranoia, mind you, but if you’re a true Believer, I hope you can answer that question with a definitive, “Yes”. That’s the experience I had while doing a herd check recently. I felt certain I was not alone in that pasture.
It wasn’t a foreboding feeling of dread that swept over me. Instead, feelings of safety, comfort, and peace enveloped me. I knew who and what I was feeling instantly; it’s become something I’ve grown accustomed to. I call them “Heart Hugs.” It’s God’s reminder that He is right there with me throughout my day.
On this day, I walked through the barnyard and into the west pasture. That’s where I currently have “Mavric” the bull with the now-bred mama cows. As often happens, I unloaded. That’s what I call the unburdening of my soul by sharing my frustrations and fears, defeats and dreams, and concerns and causes with God. I seldom ever receive an epiphany or guidance about what I should do or decision I should make in those moments. Instead, God acknowledges He is there with me and wants me to be, and rest, in His presence. Like the words of the song “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” (Author: Civilla D. Martin, 1905), He reminds me He is always watching over me.There is comfort in knowing that God is watching over His children—even when we don’t recognize His presence. #GodIsWatching #EverFaithful Click To Tweet
When those wonderful moments of communion with God occur, and my soul connects with His Spirit, a peace settles over me. A feeling that says, It’s going to be okay. I have you and I’m not letting you go. I can’t tell you I hear an angelic chorus sweetly singing the words of that beloved hymn. Instead, the words of Psalm 121:5 spring forth from the repository of my heart.
“The Lord watches over you — the Lord is your shade
at your right hand;” (Psalm 121:5 NIV)
In those sacred moments, I am reminded that nothing happens in my life that God is not already aware of. God’s manifest presence tells me my life is important to Him. I’m also reminded there are many things that don’t happen because of His protection and provision. I won’t be aware of those times until I am physically in His presence, yet I know He is always watching over His flock.
When the morning sun shines onto my gate header, our Cross-Dubya brand casts its long shadow down the drive towards our home. When I pause to note it, I see His cross casting its shadow across the land, livestock, and people He entrusts me with. It serves as a constant reminder that the Chief Shepherd is not only watching over me but also all that I try my best to be a good steward of.
This godly care manifests itself in the health of my herd, the joy found in watching calves work off the “zoomies”, or the content sound of a chicken’s egg song. I also find it in the smile or gentle touch of my wife. I hear it in the familiar chuckle of Mr. John’s laugh that shares the joy he also finds in living out here in “God’s country” each day.
I pray that you, too, find moments to connect with God and commune with Him each day. For me, unloading helps maintain my sanity when life becomes overwhelming. It centers me by bringing my focus back to Him and not the encroaching world I’m traveling through. Knowing that if we are His children, He will always watch over us, waiting for us to climb into His mighty lap as He embraces our heart with His presence.