As I read through the story of Sarah and Abraham to prepare for the study I’m leading on Wednesday nights, I was also caught by the story of Hagar. Hagar was Sarah’s maidservant that was forced to have a child with Abraham by Sarah and Abraham. She did have a child, but as we can guess, her relationship with Sarah was now strained. She runs away and God meets her out in the wilderness. After that interaction, we hear these amazing verses:
“She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me.’ That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi (which means ‘well of the Living ONe who sees me); it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.” (Genesis 16:13-14)
These verses, hidden in the midst of the long narrative of Sarah and Abraham’s story, can easily be missed. But oh how beautiful they are! God is a God who sees. He sees ME. He sees ALL of me. What an incredible name for our God! He sees my hurt and my pain. He sees my joy and my celebrations. He sees the part of me that no one else could ever see. He sees more of me than I can even see. And the One who sees me, also desires to be seen by me.
Thank you Jesus for being a God who sees and longs to be seen! Let me see more of you each and every day!