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!
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