I have a friend who used to play high school football for the team I have been fortunate enough to hang out with for the past fifteen years. Back in his day, one of his favorite phrases to repeat during practice, as he tried to encourage his teammates who were working hard but not getting much recognition, was, "I see you." He would see a young defensive back do something that helped the team in a hidden sort of way and say, "I see you, Dom. I see you." And it never failed to bring a smile to the face of the one who was seen.
We all long to be seen. We all long for someone to look our way, look deeply into our hearts and souls, and say, "I see you." It does something wonderful within us.
Jesus was a master at seeing people. Everywhere he went he saw people; really saw them. Not just their outward appearance, but way down into their hearts. He knew oh so well how deeply we all long to be really seen and really known. So he took time to see people, and to let them know they were seen. Whether a woman at a well, or a man by a pool, or a bunch of brand new disciples who had just started to follow him, he saw them all. And he let them know that.
And he sees you. Wherever you are. Whatever is going on in your life right now. Whatever the state of your heart and soul. Whatever your level of loneliness or desperation or pain, he sees you. And he wants you to know that. You are not alone. He is with you. He loves you. He sees you.