We are all in a season. For some it’s a season of struggle, loneliness, sickness, busyness, exhaustion, or joy and provision. I believe the Lord is trying to get our attention. He sees you right now where you are and He has created, long before this season ever came, a space to show you Himself and speak over you… if you will only go sit ‘in the cleft of the rock.’ This is a call to return to first love, to times of devotion and to have an encounter with the ‘God who Sees’.
In Genesis we see this story of Hagar. Hagar is a woman used, a women cast off, a woman forgotten, and a women SEEN. I see so much hope in her story. This woman of hard work became a favorite to her mistress. And so, when Hagar’s mistress, Sarah was unable to conceive and fulfill the promise of God Hagar was the one Sarah chose to fill it for her. Sarah was promised to bare a son but she was past her years of being able to bear children and so Sarah shamelessly used Hagar to gain her own promise by taking advantage of this servant woman. Having conceived with Sarah’s husband, Abraham, Hagar is mistreated by Sarah who is now raging with jealousy. Filled with hatred, Sarah forces her husband abandon care for Sarah and his own son still Hagar’s womb. Hagar flees this abuse into the desert and quickly finds herself alone and abandoned with nowhere to go.
Which brings us to this picture if Hagar sitting beside a spring abandoned in the wilderness pregnant. Hagar cries out to the Lord and the Lord meets her in her place of desperation and speaks to her about His plans for her and for her son Ishmael.
In response to the Lord she declares the name of the Lord. She calls him El Roi (EL- raw –EE) the God Who Sees me. She names the place of her desperation where she met Him by the name he revealed. This place is called ‘The God who Sees.’ (Gen. 16)
The God who Sees YOU
Ladies we need to grab hold of this truth that God SEES. He sees us when we are struggling with the change of seasons when our house full of kids moves away for school leaving us wondering what is next; what are we useful for now? He sees us when we struggle with our poor attitudes and sinful behaviors. He sees us with the thrashing toddler, blood-boiling wondering just what to do. He sees the small things we do to serve our family that we don’t receive any recognition for. I believe He ESPECIALLY sees the unseen. He calls those things out and has heaven take note of them like the woman with next to nothing putting everything she had in the offering plate just out of devotion to the Lord. (Mark 12:41)
On our Bible Journaling Inspiration community page this week one of the ladies was sharing that she was just getting so much out of carving out time in the wee hours of the night after her babies were asleep to spend time with the Lord. As I was reading her excitement over that time found with the Lord in the middle of the night, my eyes filled with tears and the Holy Spirit just whispered in my heart over her ‘I SEE that’. Ladies it’s never for nothing when we choose like Mary to spend time listening at the feet of Jesus. It will NEVER be taken away from us… this ability to be seen, to be known, to be heard. (Luke 10:38)
Encountering the God who Sees
When Moses asked the Lord to show his glory. The Lord took him up the mountain and hid him in the cleft of the rock. Just think about that for a moment. The Lord knew exactly where he was going to place Moses so that he could speak with him, and show His glory, before he brought him there and it was a place that he prepared in advance. He carved out that cleft before Moses ever existed inside of time but only as an idea in the mind of God. God carved out a place, a cleft in the rock to speak with Moses. And then, when God came down, He did not come as a wind, He did not come as a fire. God did NOT come as the obvious but rather He came as a holy hush and then… a whisper. (ref)
I just want to ask you to find that ‘cleft in rock ‘in your own life. Take that circumstance, feeling of loneliness or abandonment, the feeling of being past over, or just overwhelming exhaustion, sickness, or even that feeling of joy and fullness. Take that place whatever it is and look at it as your cleft in the rock a place that God sees you, a place that He prepared and carved out in advance just so that he could hide you in that place and whisper over you. You are not forgotten. He has not missed you or passed over you and if you sit down in the cleft; if you carve out some time, some space, some silence; He will whisper that over you himself. He is the God who Sees.