In Zechariah 2:8, it says “For this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye.’” This is one of the truths about how God looks at His children.

Our mom joined our Creator when I was very young. I was a little girl who was too young to take care of herself, too young to go to places on her own, and too young to make wise choices. Learning how our Heavenly Father sees His children was difficult without a full-time parent in our household. Our dad’s work often called him away from home. My sister and I had loving relatives that cared for us, but we missed out on the ever-present, watchful eye of parental love. When I was a child, I was captivated by how other parents would nurture and show affection to their children. I did not understand the tenderness…until my sister had her own daughter. Everywhere my niece goes, the eyes of my sister always follow. I also watch her whenever we are together, delighted by her simple gestures. She’s fascinating to me. Her smiles and laughs are enchanting. I am enamored by how she runs, talks, and even cries. I enjoy knowing every milestone she achieves. She has become the apple of my eye, too.

As we go through life’s challenges, we might wonder if God is really there. If He is really real. When a kid feels his or her parents are not around, they will desperately look for them. And when they see their parents coming, they will feel secure knowing they are being looked after. Though we can’t see God in physical form, He is always watching us. He is reaching out in so many ways to let us know that He is always there as a heavenly parent. We can feel secure.

Children have a special place in God’s heart. When the disciples rebuked the children in Mark 10:13-16, Jesus was incensed. The passage reads, “People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”

Mark 10:13-16 is an illustration for me that it is okay to be desperately in need of God. I daily remind myself about the watchful love of our Heavenly Father. I’m practicing to be mindful of His tender parenting and how He thinks about His children. One of the books I read written by a Christian author stated, “God is for you. Had He a calendar, your birthday would be circled. If He drove a car, your name would be on His bumper. If there’s a tree in heaven, he’s carved your name in the bark.” Amazing perspective about God as a heavenly parent from this author!

Would He who gave His Son not meet our needs? We are the apple of His eyes. The apple in the eyes of the Creator of the universe and He has written our name on His hands.