Reflection: Do you see me? Do you know me? Much of the world operates on social media ‘views’ and ‘likes’. Many careers have been made through Instagram, TikTok and YouTube. We may ‘see’ people, but there remains a superficial nature to the connection. Even if people view our ‘selfies’, it is only the perception we choose to create of ourselves. Deep down we want to be truly seen and known.
Just before these verses, in John 9, Jesus healed a man born blind at birth. This leads to a conversation about what it means to truly see. It is in this context that Jesus says these words, as the Good Shepherd. Jesus not only sees us; he knows us. He lays down his life for us and through the Holy Spirit, we, his sheep, know him.
In a complex world often operating on screens and less in person, we can be assured that our Good Shepherd not only sees us, but knows us.
Question: Do you long to be seen and known? How does thinking about the Good Shepherd – who knows and sees you – help you rethink this deep longing?
Prayer: Immortal, invisible, wise God – thank you that you see me, know me and love me. Help me to see and know myself and others, the way you see and know me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.