When I wrote the title for this post I thought everyone is going to think this is referring to the fun little game we play with babies and toddlers by covering our eyes with our hands then looking through our fingers and saying, peek-a-boo, I see you! The laughter of children when we play this game is priceless, isn’t it?
I want us to look at this idea of being seen. Genesis 16 tells us the story of Hagar. Sarai was very unhappy because the promise of a child who would fulfill the promise made to Abram was simply not happening. So Sarai took the ‘problem’ into her own hands and decided to do it her way. Hagar was Sarai’s personal slave and she gave her to Abram to have a child with her. When Hagar conceived her ‘better than you’ attitude surfaced and Sarai couldn’t deal with it. She went to Abram with the problem and he told her she could ‘fix’ it herself. Sarai began mistreating Hagar and she ran away into the desert. When Hagar found a spring she stopped and had an encounter with an angel of the Lord who asked her what she was doing and told her to go back to her mistress. He said she would have a son, Ishmael, who would (also) father many people, a great nation, too many to count.
That’s not the end of the story. Before she left the spring/well she named it Beer Lahai Roi which means well of the Living One who sees me. She has named God El Roi or my God who sees me. She recognizes that God does more than play peek-a-boo. He sees her. All of her. Every thought and desire. He sees her.
I want you to see two interesting phrases in this passage (Mark 6:47-48). First, as night fell. What does that have to do with anything. It was a stormy night. Storms bring a kind of darkness in the night that makes it nearly impossible to see anything. Yet, Jesus could see to the middle of the lake and knew they were in trouble. And that brings us to the second phrase, Jesus could see. Are you saying, of course He could, He’s God! Yes, but I think there’s more than that.
Since Jesus is God, He carries all the attributes of God. So, He is the El Roi. The God who sees me. The One who sees everything, every moment, of every day. It’s part of who He is. He wants to see everyone one of us. He wants to take part in our lives. The good, the bad, the fun, the scary… He knew, because He could see, that they needed help. He walked out to the middle of the lake, calmed the waves, stopped the storm, gave them peace, so they could finish the journey.
He does the same for us. He sees all that is happening to us, every moment. What we have to do is trust that He will intervene when the time is right.
Do you trust Him to do what He says He can do? He can stop the storm, heal the sick, give sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf and so much more. Let Him!!!
Blessings to you and yours!