The One Who Sees

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is that of Hagar. She is a small character in God’s story, but I can totally relate to her. {Genesis 16: 1-15}

Hagar was the mother of Abram’s (later renamed Abraham) illegitimate son, Ishmael, and the servant of Sarai (later renamed Sarah). God had promised Abram and Sarai a son, but the promise was a long time coming and totally in God’s timing, not theirs. So, in her impatience, Sarai gave Hagar to Abram to produce an heir. Hagar became pregnant, and “despised her mistress”; in return, Sarai mistreated Hagar, so Hagar ran away to seek refuge in the desert. There, in the midst of the desert, she found a stream, and the Lord came to her; He lifted her head, and prophesied over her unborn son. She called God “The One Who Sees”.

God is the One Who Sees. He sees us in our sin, at our weakest points, and when we’re incredibly broken and vulnerable.

I struggle seeing myself as worthy to be known and loved. I see my value from what I do – how good of a wife I am, how well I do at my job, my success in ministry, the kind of sister and daughter I am. Failing in one of those areas is devastating.  And lately, God’s changed up all my dreams, desires, and plans. I feel so out of control and so incredibly vulnerable.

 I’ve got nothing. Just trust.

My Jesus sees me as worthy, as His beloved. He’s constantly reminding me that He sees me, and he loves me.

Hagar didn’t have anything to go off of. She was flying blind, scared, and pregnant. She was running away from her problems. What’s encouraging though, is that God totally saw it all. And he deeply cared for her. He reminded Hagar that He was her sustainer. Her situation didn’t define her, God did. 

Take a deep breath and press into Jesus. He sees you.

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