It’s an amazing, fascinating reality that God sees us. Like Hagar, the Black woman enslaved to Abram and Sarai in Genesis 16, we can feel unseen, unheard, forgotten because of our current position. The beautiful thing to me about Hagar’s story is that she is in the middle of a barren, desolate place (the wilderness in Genesis 7) yet she is pregnant with life and God – the Creator of life – meets her there. This is a reminder that the impact of our environment doesn’t indicate where God will enter our lives.
As we discussed earlier this week in Psalms 139, God is able to meet us where we may find ourselves currently and the amazing thing about that truth is that God is not intimidated by our wilderness. He occupies barren, desolate places like wildernesses because of His assurance of who He is as Giver and Creator of life, light, and truth (John 1:4, John 14:6). Even more interesting is that God sees this Black, enslaved pregnant woman in this wilderness place but not only does He see her but He speaks to her! He pronounces blessings over her legacy – a legacy that will come from a person in bondage! She is able to name her God (asserting her agency and her sense of being) as a God who has seen her and who she has also seen for herself.
So have you seen God? I know that we physically can’t see God but we can definitely see the workings of God in our lives and in our own wilderness experiences. God loves to meet us where we are. He pronounces good things over our lives and our legacies. In Jeremiah 29:11, God says that He knows the plans that He has for us, plans to prosper us and not harm us, plans to give us HOPE and a FUTURE.
Your life isn’t over. God’s plans for your life aren’t over. He knows you. He sees you. He loves you.