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
As Hagar left the home of her master Abraham, she felt used and abused by others. Not knowing where to go, she was lonely and frightened. She even felt that God was nowhere near. Yet, God knew exactly where she was. Her every move was seen by God and He came to offer her comfort and hope.
When God appeared before Hagar during her trial, she stood amazed that God Almighty had set His eye on her and that He cared so deeply for her. She then called Him “El Roi” meaning “You are a God who sees me!” The same God who saw Hagar’s condition has set His eye on you. The omniscient God knows absolutely everything there is to know about you. He knows where you are. He sees what you are going through. Every little detail is known to Him. God who is not disconnected from His creation even sees the sparrow that falls to the earth and knows the very number of the hairs on our head (cf. Matthew 10:29-31).
He does not merely notice us. He fixes His gaze upon us as if there were not another creature in His universe! God can see all things at the same time and still give each person His full attention! When God sees us, He does not just see what you are wearing, where you are going or the expression on your face. He sees you entirely, completely, without and within at the same time. He knows every thought, every imagination, even before they are formed in the mind.
As Hagar flees, she is in a time of terrible distress. Yet, in the midst of her trial, she has a conversation with God. There are times when we cannot put our prayers into words. The God who sees all things discerns even the thoughts of our heart that cannot be expressed. He hears the prayer that remains unspoken. He interprets the message of our tears. He reads the unspoken message of the burdened heart! He does not need for us to frame our prayers in words; He can comprehend the depth of our petition, because He knows us intimately.
People around us may not see nor understand, but there is a God in heaven who knows all about the path you walk. He knows where you are today and He knows what is around the next bend in the road. Since He knows, He is able to help you as no other! He knows your pain. He cares about you. He is able to give you peace in your valley. He is able to work in your situation to bring about the best conclusion. He knows how to bring joy out of your dark night. Thank God that He sees all! My God sees you and cares for you!!