A Prayer When You Feel Invisible
Did you know the current American culture is at its loneliest in the last fifty years? Would you guess loneliness has been found to be a constant throughout the lifespan? That a majority of people feel like no one knows them well. What about feeling like you belong? That, too, is a familiar predicament. Regardless of age, socioeconomic status, or family structure, you and I can experience such isolation mixed with rejection or just being passed over that we feel invisible.
It’s as if no one really sees us, no matter what we do or say.
You and I can swim years in these bottomless waters. All the voices we hear (internally and externally) team up together helping us realize the problem must be us.
I waded in this murky mess for years. For me, this is not a new emotional locale. It’s terribly familiar territory. And for you, that’s a good thing because I’ve learned a few things and gathered a few resources to help move me past those swamps of negativity. Allow me to share one with you today.
One Dependable Resource When You Feel Invisible
When you feel unseen, or like no one knows you, and they don’t care, make a be-line to Psalm 139. Say it to yourself until you believe it to be true – and the heaviness is lifted.
O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me. Psalm 139:1-5
More than anything, you and I need to know that we know that we know—we are known by the God who created us. These are not words limited to the super spiritual, the multi-gifted, the youth and worship leader types, or the woman you wish you were more like.
These are for you.
They tell of a reality just as true for you and me as any other words in the Bible. The problem is that we often don’t remember them, nor do we choose to believe them and possess them as our own.
From one invisible girl to another – write these verses down. You need them. You need them close. Read them out loud. Then pray them. Pray them every time you start drowning in insignificance, and do this until they become a part of your fiber.
We may not be able to change our circumstances or the way we are treated by others – but we can alter our own perceptions and beliefs about ourselves. It matters not what you think of yourself, or what anyone else thinks—but only what God does.
Let’s get his vocabulary and perspective into our minds and hearts.
A Prayer for When I Feel Invisible
I thank you for your Word. Thank you for the comfort and encouragement only You can give. Today, I am thankful my friend is known by you. What a joy that you know when she sits down and when she gets up again. You even know her thoughts. Not because you are some dogmatic control freak – but because you created her this way, and imperfections, catastrophic failings, quirky habits and all–you love her. You know everything about my friend: her dreams, where she goes, even the words before she says them. You know her intricacies and love her lavishly. Your presence surrounds this dear one, and your hand always is on her. To you, she is exquisite rather than invisible. Help her to feel your hand upon her life. Teach her how you see her so that she feels invisible no more.
In your precious name, Amen.
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