Scripture: Genesis 16:1-14
Journal: How do you long to be seen by God today? What does he see? What does it do in you to see the One who sees you?
Reflection: Hagar was on the run. Life was not going well at all. She was young and she was pregnant and she was alone. She had been cruelly mistreated by her mistress, Sarai, and was so miserable and so desperate that she had run away. She had no idea where she was going, but knew that anything would be better than the affliction and oppression and browbeating (‘anah in the Hebrew) she was receiving at the hands of Sarai.
So when the angel of the Lord found her near a spring in the desert, he asked her the million dollar question: “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?” It was a question that the angel surely knew the answer to, but one that Hagar needed to know the answer to as well. For in the midst of her pain and loneliness and desperation and confusion, she needed to fully realize that she was not alone. God was with her. God, the Living One, had seen her. He had seen her plight and had seen her mistreatment and had seen the desperate state of her heart. “I see you, Hagar. I see both where you have come from and where you are going, and I am with you. Do not fear. Do not be discouraged. Do not be dismayed. I see you, and I will take care of you. I am your God and I love you more than you could ever imagine.”
And you have to love Hagar’s response. “You are the God who sees me. I have now seen the One who sees me.” Somehow in being seen, Hagar had seen the One who sees her, knows her and loves her. And, somehow, seeing the One who sees her had changed everything.
God sees you too. He sees your life and he sees your heart. He sees what you are going through, whatever that may be. He sees your joys, he sees your pains, and he sees your sorrows. You are not alone. And in being seen by him, he wants you to see him, the One who sees. Thanks be to God!
Closing Prayer: Thank you, O Lord, that you are the God who sees me. And that I have now seen by the One who sees me. Amen.