“You are the God who sees me…” __ Hagar
I’ve always felt a kinship with Hagar. Hagar was the maidservant of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.
This is her story:
Sarah, the wife of Abraham, was barren. None-the-less, God had promised that through their children would come the nation of Israel. Abraham and Sarah had tried to have children for many years, but now they were old, and Sarah finally gives up hope. One day, she tells her husband… “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go sleep with my maidservant (Hagar); perhaps I can build a family through her.”
[Pardon the interruption…it’s just my wheels coming to a halt! Okay, if I had been the writer of this Genesis’ story, I would have written it, more to this effect,
“…go sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her,” said, no woman ever!
Call it a hunch, but, I have a sneaky suspicion this idea was more Abraham’s than Sarah’s.]
[…now…back to the story]
So, Abraham, “obeyed” his wife, and slept with Hagar, and Hagar, became pregnant. Of course, tension mounts between the two women, until one day, all hell breaks loose within the camp. Sarah, in a jealous rage, mistreats Hagar. Scripture gives no detail as to how, but it was bad enough for Hagar to run away, and hide, from her mistress, in the dessert. Scared and alone, Hagar finally finds a spring of water and pauses to drink. God sees her at the spring, and begins a conversation with her. It goes something like this:
God: Hagar, what has happened and where are you going?”
Hagar: “I’m running away…”
God: “Go back… face the problem, and I will be with you.”
Hagar: “You are the God who sees me…”
And so, Hagar returns. The problem doesn’t go away, but God is true to his word, and helps her every step of the way. Eventually, she is blessed with a son, she names Ishmael, and through Ismael’s descendants the Arab nation is born.
In my life, I have endured many “Hagar moments,” and I bet you have too.
How often I’ve felt…
- …without hope
- …a victim of circumstances, beyond my control
- …an outcast
- …ready to give up
When I read God’s words to Hagar, I read them as if they were written just for me. He tells me, “Go back, my child, and I will be with you. Don’t give up, I have a good plan for you.”
I’m so thankful, He is the God who sees me.
Everything we need is give through His good measure.