Updated: May 16, 2020
Does anyone see me?
Does anyone care about what I’m going through?
Does my life have purpose?
I think we all ask some form of these questions at times. We all have an innate longing for someone to see us for who we truly are, to understand us, and to value us – but sometimes that longing goes unfulfilled.
As humans, our vision is limited, but we have a God who sees us. He sees YOU. He sees your inmost being. He loves you deeply. He knows what you need and desire, and he wants to provide those things for you.
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.” – Genesis 16:13
I had the opportunity to share with my church community about this idea of the God who sees us through the lens of Hagar’s story from Genesis 16. This story of God meeting Hagar in the desert when she is all alone with nowhere to go reminds us that God is present even in our darkest hour. I want to invite you to listen to the the sermon here.
I also want to leave you with this blessing because I think we all need the reminder sometimes…
When you feel that God has forgotten you, God sees you.
When you compare your life to others or begin to blame others for your pain, God sees you.
When you are mistreated or disregarded, God sees you.
When you have made mistakes and are dealing with the consequences, God sees you.
When you are misunderstood, God sees you.
When you are rejected or feel that you don’t belong, God sees you.
When you face unbearable pain, God sees you.