The God Who Sees

Renee Ann Smith —  January 19, 2015 — 18 Comments

We live in a culture that focuses on outward appearance. Some days it seems like everyone around me worships youth and exalts physical attractiveness.

And sadly I too often find myself falling into the trap of looking no further than the surface of people and things and missing the true beauty buried underneath.

I remember first reflecting on this years ago, the day of Princess Diana’s funeral, September 6, 1997. Every major network covered the event. All day long the news anchors talked about Diana. They showed videos and photos of her hobnobbing with celebs, playing with her boys, and visiting the less fortunate—even HIV patients. They tracked her changing style and talked about how much her gowns cost and who designed them. Later those same gowns would be auctioned off for charity.

In an odd twist, Mother Teresa had died the day before—just five days after Diana. Though they died the same week and the world would honor both of them in some way (India would give Mother Teresa a state funeral on September 13.), the two women could not have been more different when it came to outward appearance.

I doubt any young women intentionally copied Mother Teresa’s hair style. She didn’t have a bikini body to show off for the paparazzi. Celebs weren’t lining up to dance with her at state dinners or writing songs for her. No former lovers were tapped to write tell-all books. I couldn’t think of anyone who would bid for a garment she’d worn on Ebay.

Yet I wondered how Mother Teresa looked in God’s eyes . . . 

Did her incredible heart outshine the physical beauty He’d given Princess Diana?

Did God smile as He replayed images of Mother Teresa hugging an orphan or washing a beggar’s feet?

Did He see a trace of His beloved Son in every wrinkle and gray hair of this woman who had spent her whole life serving Him?

I’m so thankful that our Heavenly Father is the “God Who Sees.” He views what no one else can—the real us, the part of that will live for eternity, the part of us that bears His Image.

Perhaps that thought should scare me, but it doesn’t.

Like the woman at the well, I’ve looked into the eyes of Him who “knew all about the things I did, who knows me inside and out” and seen only love there.

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“She gave this Name to the Lord who spoke to her, ‘You are the God Who Sees Me.’” ~Genesis 16:13, The Message~

A story I read recently—Rachel Hauck’s A Brush with Love—reminded me of this truth.

The novella focuses on hair stylist Ginger Winters. Though Ginger has an uncanny ability to bring out the beauty in others, she can’t see anything attractive in herself. Scarred by a childhood tragedy, Ginger is content to hide behind her many scarves and never reveal her true self—until preacher Tom Wells comes back into her life.

Tom invites Ginger to see herself as he sees her and—more importantly—as God sees her.

The result is a sweetly romantic story that resonates with a profound message:
God sees the true beauty in every one of us.

Are you or someone you know in need of soaking in that message today?
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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

18 responses to The God Who Sees

  1. It’s such a good message that God look at the HEART. I wish everyone in the world could know that. Thank you for writing this. I followed you on twitter and instagram!



  2. Love the scripture and thoughts you shared here. I remember when Princess Diana passed away and her story was on every channel for weeks. It made me sad that the world spoke more about a pretty princess than the Godly woman Mother Teresa was. But God saw her, and that’s what counts. : )

    Rachel Hauck’s novella sounds really good. I’ll have to check it out!

  3. Beautifully expressed, Renee. From sharing how the world sees outward appearances, to the example with Princess Diana and Mother Teresa and then the story your shared. Just a powerful message. Thank you.

  4. How beautiful it is that He is the God who sees me. Thank you for sharing this from such a sweet perspective. I think that Mother Theresa and Lady Diana were an unlikely pair, but both determined in their own way to make a difference. Powerful message.

  5. Renee…great thoughts to ponder in your post. I know a few people who probably no one would copy yet their light shines for Jesus in this darken world. I am always reminded of the scriptures that talks about the last being first in heaven, these women would not get one head to turn but God head is turning for them.

  6. What a beautiful and inspirational post! We truly have a God who sees me, who sees us all, to the last corner of our minds and souls. It is one of the things I love the most about Him, that He sees me, for who I am, and still loves me so much!

  7. I am in awe at your comparison of the two ladies and their deaths so close to one another. Yes, Mother Teresa, was a beautiful person and knew her savior. Princess Diana was honored for her beauty and good works, and no doubt God took note of her, but the golden throne was reserved for Mother Teresa. God does look at the heart and sees beauty he finds there. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

  8. This post really blessed me and encouraged me. I love the way God sees me too!
    Thanks for a lovely message!
    Dropping by from ” Tell Me A True Story

  9. Such a good reminder that God sees us as we really are and loves us anyway. Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

  10. Thank you for the reminder that God sees me. I am your neighbor at WFMW link-up. ~gina

  11. This was so inspiring. I hope you consider linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays too. 😉

  12. Great post!


  13. Very powerful words, all ones we should take to heart. Thank you for linking up at Pin worthy Wednesday, this has been pinned!

  14. So lovely, Renee. This motivates me to stay focused on cleansing and allowing God to beautify my insides more than me worrying about how much I jiggle when I run or how furry my eyebrows are getting these days (TMI? Sorry. Just chalk it up to authentic Monday.)

    Thanks a ton for this encouraging truth!

  15. i am so glad you posted this to the week’s end link-up! i’m a Spanish teacher at a Christian high school…i’d love to chat sometime about how to intentionally integrate faith into the curriculum!

  16. It really is so beautiful that God sees us as we truly are and loves us so deeply! Thanks for linking up with the Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop!

  17. I never realized that Mother Teresa and Princess Diana died so closely to one another. Your comparisons here are very compelling, and I found this post both challenging and very encouraging. I’m planning to share it on Mommynificent’s facebook page! I’m looking forward to reading the novella you reviewed here. Thanks so much for sharing at Booknificent Thursday!

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