And He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.” (Genesis 16:8)
It never escapes me, how I relate to the story of Hagar fleeing so well. Because I have the tendency to want to flee when the darkness around me makes it hard to see the light and when hope seems far away. Thankfully, I can also relate to the Lord speaking to me in the midst of my attempt to flee, or the desire to do so.
So Hagar fled from her difficult circumstances and the Lord found Hagar, now alone. Just how often have we done that, too? When life deals harshly with us and everything seems dark and hopeless around us, we flee — only to find ourselves alone and plain lost, without knowing where to go.
But the Lord comes, no matter where we are. He finds us in our broken place and broken circumstances. There is no condemnation; only understanding and love when He looks at us with His grace pouring over us. He isn’t finished when He finds us. No, He comes and asks us where we are going. Not because He does not know but because He wants to hear us talking to Him. Surely He already knows — our thoughts and ideas and hurts and desires, He knows them. But He wants to hear our voices, wants that communication because this is a relationship and this is love.
Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, “Have I also here seen Him who sees me?” (Genesis 16:13)
So in that place where we are alone and lost and hurting. The Lord comes to us, to talk with us and to guide us and help us. When He is done talking with us, surely we will be like Hagar and call the Lord the God Who Sees — because He does, see us. He knows where it is difficult, where we bleed pain and where our wounds are gaping open. He knows when our dreams got broken, knows our hopes and our doubts. He knows what we are afraid of, and where we are being plain stubborn.
But He chooses to come to our hard places, loving us all the same. He comes to talk with us, just like He did with Hagar, and we only need to be still and quiet down to listen to His voice. He will speak His love over us and surely we will leave like Hagar did, asking if we have seen Him who sees us.
Because we have, and we always will.