I See You!

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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.

Mark 6:47-48 

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!

Marie

El Roi

God’s Word (the Bible) is designed to speak God into each of us. No matter whether it be the words of the Old or the New Testament these words are for each of us to apply to our lives.

Hagar had been abused by her mistress Sarai. She was pregnant with the child Sarai wanted her to have because she (Sarai) was barren. Hagar got enough of it and she ran away, into the desert.

Now God already knew what was going on but he wanted Hagar to understand that He was watching over her and everything that was happening to her. So he spoke to her. He basically asked, “Where are you going? What do you think you are doing?”

After giving this some thought she answered with the words above. But there’s more to it. God gave her the ability to understand that He is always present and aware of everything that was happening to her. That He sees. That He cares. That He has a plan.

It’s the same for us. God sees me! God sees you! He knows what what is going on in the world He created and in the lives of every person. He has a plan and a purpose for each and every one of us.

The One and Only God of all this, who is, who was, and who always will be, sees me and you! He sees the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful, the sinner, the forgiven, and the redeemed. He sees, He cares and He wants to give and help every one of us. Then let Him! Just let Him!

I wasn’t looking for this song but when I put the title in the search box this popped up. I listened. What a powerful picture this man paints of what God sees!

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

This post is in response to Week 10 of Deb Wolf’s 52-week Devotional Journal for Women.

Think On This – – Hagar

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Genesis 16 and 21

Did you know that Hagar was the only person who gave God a name?  She called Him the God who sees me. El Roi. All of the other names given to Him were given by Himself.

Hagar was a slave, given to Abram by Sarai to produce a child who would fulfill God’s promise of offspring as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand of the sea.  According to the custom of the time that was totally acceptable. But she was still a slave and probably felt invisible, unnecessary, and unloved.

After the birth of Ishmael, Sarai abused Hagar to the point that Abram sent both her and her son away from the camp, into the desert. At the point of death by starvation and dehydration, Hagar heard God’s voice. Not once, but twice.  He told her to go back and she did. I don’t know about you but I’m reasonably sure I would have questioned that and had some second thoughts. Why would she even want to go back to the abuse? What was this God thinking? But back she went, to Abram. Guess what? Did God speak to Abram, too? When she got there he (Abram) protected her. I wonder if she ever felt safe again?

We all spend time in the ‘desert’. Whether by our own choice, someone else’s, or circumstances. We all know what it’s like to feel isolated and unloved, without hope.  We know the pain of being placed in circumstances that are not of our own choosing.  Yet, as this story shows, God is always with us, always seeing. He alone provides and protects.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

I hope you’ll take the time to watch this beautiful video: The God Who Sees