I am reading through several parts of the Bible right now – Genesis, Proverbs and Matthew. Today I read the story of Hagar, Sarai’s servant girl. Sarai gives her to Abram so he can have an heir – then regrets it when Hagar begins to flaunt her ability to become pregnant. She begins to treat Hagar badly. So badly that Hagar runs away. But God, who has made a promise to Abram, doesn’t let her just disappear from the scene. And Hagar meets the God who “sees” her.
In the Old Testament, God is often portryed as a judging, fierce, unapproachable God, destroying enemies, winning battles, etc. But here He is – watching over a woman. And not an important woman – just a servant, caught in an unwinnable situation, now being abused by her mistress. But God “sees” her and gives her a promise and knows all about her misery. And God does not forget his promises.
“I have seen the One who sees me!” Genesis 16: 13
God sees us too. He knows all about us – our misery and our joy; our feeble attempts to worship him; our attempts to love him back and our ignorance of what he really wants. Today I go to worship Him along with the congregation. I want to see the one who sees me.