John 1:48 NIV
What does a day in your life look like? Consider that you wake up early, head straight into work or school, begin and finish projects, possibly interact with friends and loved ones, work on your dreams, and collapse exhausted into bed. Or perhaps you get to make your own schedule so you tie in preparing your meals at home, cleaning, scheduling meetings, retrieving resources for your tasks at hand etc.
While you do what you need to do to make it through your busy schedule, life events occur that are out of your control. Wouldn’t it be nice if everything could pause while you hustle? It’d be great to be able to compartmentalize life the same way we compartmentalize our priorities. You almost want to hit the pause button on family so you focus on friends distress. Then pause the friend group to focus on work. Then perhaps pause everything so you can focus on yourself.
Being pulled in so many directions can bring up the question: does God see me? We wonder if He is aware of what we’re experiencing, what we need, who we are becoming, what we are afraid of, how far we’ve fallen, and how much we’ve improved. How can God see us in the midst of everything we are involved in, when we can barely see ourselves?
“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; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.”
Genesis 16:13-14 NIV
At this point in Genesis, Hagar has been kicked out of Abram and Sarai’s home. Sarai convinced Abram to impregnate her servant Hagar so they could keep the child as their own, but she never expected to feel the jealousy and hate she experienced for Hagar.
Hagar has now given up hope that her and her son will make it out in the wilderness, when they are greeted by an angel of the Lord. He shares encouragement and prophecy that restores the hope in her heart. So much that she labels the very place she laid as the place where “God sees me.”
Notes: The name El Roi implies our value as a person, no matter who we are or what we do; it implies that God sees all hearts and the complete truth about every situation; it implies that because God sees, we are never alone; and it implies that in seeing, God is with us to confront, comfort, protect and deliver. The name El Roi specifically applies to God seeing, hearing, knowing, understanding and helping us in our misery (16:11).
Know that God sees you. He understands what you are experiencing. As lost as you may feel, your emotions are not an accurate depiction of what’s going on in heaven.
A Prayer to Help Prepare Your Heart
Write your blessed Name, O Lord, upon my heart,
there to remain so indelibly engraved,
that no prosperity, no adversity shall ever move me from your love.
Be to me a strong tower of defense, a comforter in tribulation,
a deliverer in distress, a very present help in trouble,
and a guide to heaven through the many temptations and dangers of this life.
-Thomas á Kempis
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