Today is my second time to participate in Five Minute Friday, and last night was my first “Twitter party!” I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was blessed by the real life that I saw. Ladies sharing their hearts about everything from chocolate and bathing dogs, to praying for loved ones in crises.
The prompt for today is the word NOTICE. My first thought was, El Roi–the name Hagar gave to God when she was alone in the desert.
Following is my five-minute free write for this word.
The God Who Sees
Sweet, young Hagar. Caught in circumstances she did not create. When Abraham and Sarah could not conceive a child of their own, they decided Abraham should marry Sarah’s maidservant, Hagar, and have a child by her. Once Hagar became pregnant, typical female jealousies ensued. Sarah was so harsh with Hagar that Hagar ran away into the desert.
I can only imagine her frustration and fear.
- No way to care for herself or her soon-to-be-born child.
- No hope for the future.
But God stepped in.
He saw her and her hopeless situation, and gave her promises for a hope-filled future.
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)
You can read her whole story in Genesis 16.
God Sees You!
We may feel alone, but God sees us. He knows where we are, what kind of mess we are in–whether we created it or not.
He doesn’t leave us alone. He walks us through our difficult times. With a plan in mind.
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. (Isaiah 43:2)