YOU DIDN’T KNOW I WAS LOOKING
I read this story about a woman who was standing in front of the casket, viewing her dear departed mother. She was so choked up she couldn’t talk. Her handkerchief was already soaked with tears as she looked into her mother’s beautiful but peaceful face. Later on, she decided to write down the thoughts that were going through her mind, and here is what she penned:
I saw you place my first finger-painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.
…I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.
…I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that little things can be the special things in life.
…I heard you say a prayer, and I knew there was a God I could always talk to and I learned to trust in Him.
…I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.
…I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don’t.
…I remember when you would kiss me good night and I felt loved and safe.
…I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we must do our best to take care of what we are given.
…I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn’t feel good and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.
…I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it’s all right to cry.
…I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
…I learned most of life’s lessons that I needed to know on how to be good and productive person when I grow up.
…looked at you lying there and wanted to say, “Thanks for all the things I saw you do when you didn’t know I wasn’t looking.”
When I finished reading this touching story, a thought flashed through my mind. I wondered if when we stand before Jesus on Judgment Day if He too would look at us and say, I saw you give someone who was hungry something to eat. I saw you give water to someone who was thirsty before they even asked for it. I watched you take boxes of clothes to the Salvation Army for people who had little to wear. I saw you go visit someone who was sick and spent time taking care of them. I even saw you read in the newspaper that a run-away teen had been arrested and put in jail and that there was no one in town to visit her. So you went to visit her and have prayer with her. Then Jesus said to you, I want to let you know, that what you did for them you were doing for Me.1 Yes, I saw all the things you did in My name even when you didn’t know I was looking. – Dr. Robert R Seyda
1 Matthew 25:35-40