I can still remember the exact moment I felt the word “seen’ drop into my spirit. Having some time to myself I was driving to a quiet beach, worship music on, but my mind preoccupied with thoughts of the boys, of life, of things that needed my attention. And in that moment, just as the view of the coastline appeared, I heard the word “seen.” That God sees me. He sees my life, my cares and concerns.
He is the God who sees. He sees the troubles and anxieties on your mind. He sees the invisible load that you carry. He sees your heart, knows your dreams and hopes that are secreted away.
I am seen. You are seen.
It’s a revelation that Hagar had as well. We find her in Genesis 16. Pregnant and mistreated she flees her home, her life as she knows it. But God meets her in the desert, comforts and reassures her. She realises God has seen her circumstance, He has seen her.
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)
That’s what God does. He sees us wherever we are. God gives us hope, encouragement and His presence for whatever our day holds.
There’s something refreshing and strengthening when you realise you are seen so personally by God. Just as Hagar discovered, in the desert there is a well of refreshment to be found. Hagar named the spring of water Beer-Lahai-Roi, “the well of the Living One who sees me” and left feeling revived and encouraged, knowing that He was the God who saw her where she was.
“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9