The stories told in Scripture never grow old as each time they are revisited, one finds a much needed truth.
In returning to the story of Hagar as found in Genesis 16, there was precious encouragement to be found.
Hagar has run away from her abusive mistress. She is pregnant and has no where to run or hide really. She is a servant with probably little value placed on her, for she is one of many servants.
“Now the angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur.” (Genesis 16:7, NASB)
We all can find ourselves in the “wilderness” at times. It’s the place where we are alone, we go to escape from our circumstances, and think no one can see or find us. The enemy whispers to us that we are invisible, unseen by those who should care about us.
But the truth is, we are always seen by God.
He may be invisible to us, but we are never invisible to Him.
Once Hagar had this encounter with the angel of the Lord, she knew she was seen:
“Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees” …” (Genesis 16:13, NASB)
In the wilderness, on the way to another destination, Hagar’s journey was interrupted, she was seen, and the course of her life was changed.
“You are a God who sees.”
Today I pray for each of us to believe this to be true of us. No matter your situation, God sees you and He is ever present with you. Always.
You may think you are invisible, but He knows your every thought, the disappointment causing deep pain, and the weight you carry.
Bring it all to Him. He will be your hope, your help, your healer, your all.
For He is the God who listens.
“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16, NASB)
We may have never seen a geyser nor walked these paths, yet every day we navigate our way through challenges. In this post, Our Steps Matter, Natalie Ogbourne encouraged me to be faithful to the small moments of faith which require the larger leaps of faith. Be sure to read her post (HERE) which is beautiful in both words and photos!
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.