Mothers for Prodigals

The God Who Sees

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I’ve been wounded. My heart is broken. Does anyone see me? Does anyone care?

At some point we all reach a breaking point. Life’s challenges overwhelm us and we feel alone. I’ve held the hand of a dying parent. I’ve cried myself to sleep because of tension between me and my child. I’ve been devastated by cruel words and actions. I’ve felt empty, pain-filled, joyless. I’ve wondered if anyone cared.

Hagar was pregnant. Being a maid meant she fulfilled duties to her mistress Sarai. The childless Sarai had given Hagar to her husband Abram in hopes that an heir would be born. The conception birthed jealousy and tension. Human plans to create a child turned messy. Imagine the conflict that arose between these women. Sarai’s harsh treatment of Hagar sent her running into the wilderness. Frightened. Alone. Did anyone see or care?

An Angel of the Lord appeared to Hagar in the desert by a spring of water. The situation raised questions. Where have you come from? Where are you going? 

Hagar told her story to the Angel. “The Lord has seen your affliction,” said the Angel. 

What a privilege to know the Lord sees your predicament. He watches over you.

Hagar was given a directive to return and submit to Sarai while also being provided a promise of descendants. The Lord had heard her cry. He had seen her anguish. He had sent an Angel to comfort her. 

Hagar realized God saw her misery. She understood He cared for her. She called Him by name. El-Roi—You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees (Genesis 16).

What a privilege to know the Lord sees your predicament. He watches over you.

Are you in a difficult situation? Experiencing troubles? Do you feel as though no one sees or cares? 

Remember Hagar. Remember El-Roi. God sees your situation. He wants to care for you. Respond to His offering of love and concern. Receive His comfort. And give thanks.  

What a privilege to know the Lord sees your predicament. He watches over you.


Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

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