Abused and used, dejected and desperate, Hagar was on the run.
She was a mere slave girl to Sarai, wife of Abram, and had been forced to conceive and give her master an heir—yet the plan did not allow for heartache and heartbreak. Now she was pregnant, dismissed, despised, and very much alone in the desert.
‘Unseen’ couldn’t begin to describe how she must have felt. A vessel to bear her mistress a baby—a mistress consumed by jealousy. Hagar’s wellbeing was never a consideration… she was utterly invisible to everyone.
Invisible to everyone—except God.
“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, NIV).
Hagar was seen by the Almighty! Her hurting heart was touched and transformed as God gave her the courage and confidence to continue on in the life He had planned especially for her. She would indeed bear Abram a son.
Friend, it’s easy for us to feel unseen today, isn’t it?
We clamor for recognition and validation in our own spheres of work, in our family’s perceived perfection, in our teetering social media platforms, in all the things!
But the truth is, we ARE seen. We are seen by Almighty God. The very same God who saw Hagar in the desert sees us where we are, in our own version of desert or delight.
He sees all, and still He loves us.
And, like Hagar, He gives us courage and confidence to continue on in the life He has planned especially for us—especially for you.