He sees you. Yes, you.

He sees you. Yes, you. Even when you’ve told yourself there is nothing more to you, He sees you. And no dark corner in the deep blue of the night and no hide-in-the-shadows approach to life can keep Him away from seeing you, loving you and leading you where you need to be.

Do not be afraid, dear friend, to come out of the shadows now. For far too long you let words and perceptions and expectations define you, to the point that you decided to just hang back, stay at home, and retreat from the world. You buckled down and kept your head low. You told yourself God would use someone else instead. You watched others take the very platform you prayed for and told yourself it meant that The Lord was not going to use you.

This is far from the truth. You were not made for the fears that the enemy has tried to use to keep you from knowing that God is going to give what He has promised you. You were not made to sit and wonder what might have been had you stepped out and not been so afraid. You were not created to give up because of what you can’t see.

You were made to step out by faith. You were made to let Jesus pull you up and onto the other side of walls you built up around yourself. You were made to climb over the barriers others built up around you because they were insecure or threatened. You were made to realize that despite your flaws, in Jesus’ name God made you for more.

So say goodbye to the shadows. Step out of the comfort of your own thoughts about yourself and see yourself as God sees you: worthy to be seen. Worthy to be loved.

“There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!” - Romans 5:3-5 (The Message)