There I was, sitting high atop the bleachers almost at the very south end of the football stadium. Looking down onto the field, I watched as a massive wave of humans wearing black caps and gowns poured into the stadium and onto the field. The familiar tune of “Pomp and Circumstance” played as they walked proudly toward their assigned places. It was time for more than 11,000 graduates to receive their degrees.
It’s a common practice for graduates to decorate the top of their caps in an effort to help their family and friends to spot their locations. After all, amongst 11,000 graduates, all wearing the same thing, how would you ever spot your graduate? How would you ever find your son, daughter, niece or nephew, brother, sister or the graduate that you were there to support?
As the graduates were seated and the speeches began, my family and I searched the crowd for our graduate. We’d been scanning the tops of the caps, watching the movement of the students for what seemed like an eternity when my husband, who had been searching the crowd of graduates through the lens of his camera, whispered, “THERE she is!!” And there she was, indeed, our graduate. The one we were there to cheer on and support. Looking through the lens of the camera made her seem close enough to touch and yet, she was probably a mile away. We watched and smiled, unbeknownst to her, as she adjusted her cap or spoke to those seated nearby. And although there were more than 11,000 people seated in that same section of the stadium wearing the exact same thing, we were able to look through the lens of the camera and spot her. When the ceremony was over, we would present her with the bouquet of flowers and prepare to celebrate. Funny thing is, once we spotted her, all the other graduates fell off our radar. When we looked through that camera lens, although she was 1 in 11,000, it seemed as if all the other graduates . . . disappeared.
There are more than 7 BILLION people on planet earth. And all of us move about in the stadium of life wearing variations of the same clothes and yet, the Father always looks for us through the lens of His love. When He looks at us, it’s as if everyone else, falls off His radar. Why? Because He loves us so much that it’s as if each of us is . . . His only child. No matter where you are right now, He can always spot you, John, Rachel, Mike, Jessica or . . . Cassidy.
So whatever your goals, your dreams or your desires happen to be today, whatever thoughts you are carrying in your heart, don’t worry about them getting lost in the crowd. It can never happen. Whether you’re in a stadium of 11,000 or on a planet of more than 7 billion, God has His eyes on you. He is watching you, watching over you and smiling at you as if you are His only child. He is waiting to present you with, not just the bouquet of flowers that we had for our graduate, but with everything His love and His kingdom has to offer.
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