“And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” // Matthew 4:6
Like a choreographed dance, the groups of women all turned towards each other, forming tight circles of four or five. Arms folded across their chests, then heads tossed back in laughter, a shifting of weight from one foot to the next, and then a tightening up again.
As I walked past, trying to find a place to stand, the women seemed to step in closer, and then stepping back to a wider circle once I’d passed. I studied their earrings and jackets and shoes. Perhaps I was excluded because I wore the wrong thing or because of my girth? I picked a spot off to the side and wondered if I didn’t fit in because my kids received free lunches. I folded my arms, too, hoping I looked confident but realized that my problem was likely the nerdy way I imagined their movements as a country dance in a Jane Austen novel.
I am (almost) 100% sure that no one was intentionally ignoring or excluding me all those afternoons at school pick-up. But in a season when I already felt like an awkward wallflower, not being included made me feel extra lonely and humiliated. And in those moments, I thought of my Father Who sees in secret (Matthew 4:6).
The Father saw the quiet, secret, hurting places in my heart. He heard the secret prayers. He saw the small ways I was trying. Jesus was speaking to His disciples in today’s Gospel but from 3:00pm to 3:15pm every Monday through Friday, I stood outside my children’s school and held on to His words as if they were for me and only me. He was teaching about prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, but then I clung to the truth that what I was thinking and doing in secret, the Father saw. I was not alone or unseen and neither are you, friend.
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