“YOU – FULLY ALIVE” series…
by Janet Robinson
“I SEE YOU.” A few years ago the movie Avatar made this phrase famous. It means: I see into you – I see the substance of who you really are.
Lately, God has been highlighting a similar phrase to me, from Psalm 139: “Your eyes saw my unformed substance.” We usually attach this phrase to our in utero beginnings alone, which is the context for David’s original prose: “My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery].” (AMP) But the way God has been emphasizing it to me lately is: MY EYES SEE YOUR UNFORMED SUBSTANCE – present tense.
Quantum physics has revealed the truth that in order for something to exist, it has to have a ‘conscious observer.’ How meaningful is it that GOD SEES our unformed substance?? God sees things into existence! Namely, you and me! His observation causes ‘the substance of who we are’ to come into being throughout the course of our lives!
As a counselor, I meet men and women all the time with ‘unformed substance.’ Isn’t it true of ALL of us? We each arrived on the planet with ‘substance yet unformed,’ needing to be SEEN in order to be called into existence. In Ephesians 1 we’re told that God thought each of us up before the foundation of the world. All He dreamed you could be is in seed form within you – waiting to be observed, noticed, validated, fertilized, watered and called to life. Who of us had parents with enough time, patience, wisdom or love to actually see all their was to see about who we were made to be? Many or most of them were not truly ‘seen’ by their parent’s either…. and the unseen substance of many generations, therefore, has remained unformed.
BUT GOD. The God of Ephesians 1 also promises through the prophet Isaiah (58:10-11) to bring ‘who we are’ out of ‘obscurity’ by guiding ‘us’ continually and satisfying ‘us’ in drought and in dry places – to strengthen our frame (or the framework of ‘who we are’) – until ‘we’ become like a well-watered garden; like a spring of water whose waters fail not! And He develops this promise further saying once ‘who we are’ is strengthened… we will become the ones who bring to life the ‘unformed substance’ of many generations: “And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of [buildings that have laid waste for] many generations; and you shall be called Repairer of the Breach, Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.” (vs. 12)
Take heart! Because God continually SEES YOUR UNFORMED SUBSTANCE, ‘all we are meant to be’ can still be formed, or called into existence! “Who you really are” has a constant ‘conscious observer.’ The God who, “calls things that are not (yet in existence) as though they were” (Romans 4:17), knows and sees who you are! He has foreseen your unfolding, and is orchestrating your becoming, throughout every day of your life! “Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139 : 16)
Lord, sometimes I realize I don’t yet fully know ‘who I am.’ Whether because of neglect or trauma – I am not whole. I thank You that You have known, and loved, ‘who I am’ from before the foundation of the world. Thank You that Your plan is to unfold all of me throughout the days of my life. I give to You my “YES.” My permission. From Your position of ‘conscious observation,’ keep calling to life the ‘unformed substance of me’ that You see. I choose to cooperate with You in the process of my continual unfolding… to satisfy Your Great heart and bring Glory to You, my Creator and Lord.