"I have heard the insults of Moab and the taunts of the Ammonites, who insulted my people and made threats against their land" (Zephaniah 2:8).
Growing up in a less than perfect world has been some of the most fertile ground to be raised in. The richness of the soil of trial and struggle, though unappreciated at the time of experience, has been proven most invaluable in my life. Growing up in a single-parent home was complete with challenges that go beyond the struggles of the "average" everyday life. I remember go to bed at night, nestling in the security of the blankets in my twin-sized bed in a room that was the buffer in between my mom and my sister's rooms. So many nights, the quiet of the starry sky Texas nights were disturbed by the passionate cries of a young and broken single mom that shared a wall with a very much awake and impressionable young boy. I would listen intently as she cried out to the Creator of the universe about how she didn't know how He would provide, but trusted Him to do so; how she needed His divine assistance in raising two young children; and how she desired for those children to learn what it meant to trust Him for everything, though they had, too, experienced much hurt, rejection, and fear. That lesson was well learned. From that point on, and as I have seen in the more than 20 years since then, that God is not ignorant, but observant. He watches over me!
When we think that what we're going through is only noticed by us, we are wrong. God sees. He knows. He cares. There is nothing He misses. And when there are those who are being abused, taken advantaged of, unappreciated, overlooked, and rejected, it does not escape the attention of an ever-present and all-knowing God.
Yes, there are days when it feels like you may be a human target for everything! The one things you need to always remember is that He is still YOUR GOD. You are His child! A gather knows how to take care of His children. Continue to trust in Him. Continue to find your security in Him. When you begin to feel as though you're losing control, losing your peace, and losing faith, trust Him. He knows the amount of hairs upon your head. He knows your name. He hasn't forgotten how to use pain for a purpose that is so great that it's unexplainable. His eye is on the sparrow, and He watches over you!