20 May The Cry of Every Human Heart by Georgia Kenyan
Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.” She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?” Genesis 16:13
Recently, I had the privilege of sitting with a precious friend and hearing her story. After spending time with her, God dropped this passage about Hagar into my heart. Hagar, is the woman who is probably not on anyone’s “Top 10 List of Biblical Characters to Model.” But Hagar encountered El Roi “the God who sees me,” in the midst of running from her troubles on possibly the worst day of her life. You’re probably familiar with her story in Genesis 16. To summarize, Hagar lived a lonely life led by others. But in the middle of running and hiding, the Lord saw Hagar and redirected her.
Isn’t that the cry of every human heart? To be seen, to be known, and to matter? As I thought of Hagar and my friend, I cried out to God, “Lord, there are so many stories sitting silently every Sunday.” He gently reminded me that He is El Roi for each person just like He was for Hagar. He sees them. He knows them. Each one matters. Moreover, He has graciously given us the Body of Christ that knits the hearts of people to one another so that no one has to wander alone in the wilderness.
Today, know that the Creator of the universe sees you, knows you, and loves you without condition. He is always with you!
River Valley Church
Bossier City, LA