the Lord sees us

You call it getting lost, I call it discovering. Also known as, "waaaait where am I?"

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.

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    1. Valerie, there is definitely something so beautiful in how God heard Hagar and His loving showing right there in asking her why she was crying. Such beautiful grace! Thank you for your visit, Valerie! Blessings!

  1. I am so glad that I have the tendency to turn towards God when I feel like I’m 10 feet in the ground. He never fails to surround me with His love and comfort. When I don’t know what to say or do, I just say, “Please God, will you come.”

    1. Laura, I think that is the right response to every situation that we face — to ask for God to come, for Him to have His way in everything. What a great way it is to do this life! Blessings!

  2. And what is so beautiful is that in the being seen…..we begin to see. We see Him closer, we see others through love’s eyes. We see in a new way, exposed to grace and then we flee to Him rather than to darkness. 😉
    Always blessed to read your words!

    1. Dawn, you are so right! When we are seen, when we experience His love for us — it should make us all the more willing and able to love others like He does. It’s always such a blessing to have you stop by here, Dawn! 🙂

  3. This is beautiful – I especially love the last paragraph. Thank you for sharing this insight. I am new here and so glad I found your site through Imparting Grace. God bless you!

  4. Beautiful post! How comforting it is to be reminded that our God sees us right where we are in our present circumstances & comes to us in the midst of them. Grateful to have stopped here from Everyday Jesus this morning!

    1. Thank you, Joanne! Yes, it is such a comfort to be reminded of this beautiful grace in the midst of our circumstances, be they difficult or easy. He sees us, and loves all that He sees! That never ceases to amaze me. God bless you!

  5. I am SO grateful that God is not a God who keeps us at arm’s length but instead meets us right where we are, regardless of our state of being… Needed that this week, because it has sure been a messy, heart breaking week of ministry. Thanks for the encouragement, friend.

    1. These are the best reminders, the ones that remind us God is with us when we go through these messy lives with broken people. What continues to get me is that He wants to be with us, though He sees everything in our hearts. God sure is so good to us!

  6. I loved this! What a great reminder that God sees where we are, and He is right there waiting for us to see Him too.

    1. Thank you, Heather! God certainly is so patient with us, waiting all that time it takes us to see Him right there next to us. So thankful that He does, though! Blessings!