Out of all the people we meet in the Old Testament, I can relate to how Hagar felt.
She too believed the lie that she was unseen. Inconsequential. Of little value.
This was followed by a few situations in which I felt unsafe, overlooked or invisible over the years. I got lost on the waterfront in Toronto, not scheduled at work and left out of friend’s celebrations, just to mention a a few.
I had a teacher who treated me this way in high school. Because I wasn’t going in to university music that coming fall, he couldn’t be bothered to help me with the adjustment of transferring schools into a more difficult music program. He belittled me in private, and never called on me in class. It was as if I was invisible.
I came to believe I was always going to be unseen. That no one cares what happened to me in secret. And in the shadows, this lie continued to take root.
Hagar ended up running from the situation over which she had no control, feeling unseen – and met God right in the depths of her despair. He told her He saw her, and affirmed that she mattered. How she responded resonated deep in my spirit.
Hagar 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
One day, God brought this lie into the spotlight of the Truth, and spoke to me about how untrue it was. He led me to several verses, which broke the power of the lie that I was unseen or overlooked. The weight of this Truth brought this lie into the light, and into the proper perspective – His.
My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Psalm 119:15
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13
The Lord sees everything you do. Wherever you go, He is watching. Proverbs 5:21
If you too can relate to Hagar and myself in feeling unseen, draw close to Him in prayer today. Allow these truths to shine brightly on you, and ask Him to pinpoint any lies you may have believed about feeling unseen or overlooked.
The truth that both Hagar and I came to see, understand and know to be true?
God sees us all.