“You are the God who sees.”

Genesis 16:13

These are the words told to a distraught woman who found herself pregnant and unloved.

This is the story of Hagar, Sarai, and Abram. A love triangle that went terribly wrong very quickly, as love triangles always do.

Hagar was in distress because of the mistreatment from Sarai and fled into the desert away from the ridicule and contempt. However, God saw Hagar’s affliction and came down to counsel and encourage her. The Bible says the Angel of the Lord appeared to her.  Some commentaries believe that phrase, Angel of the Lord, means Christ, a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus in the Old Testament. This only happened a few times and one of them was with Hagar! God sincerely cared for her!

She was a foreigner, a handmade to Sarai and was frightened and lonely because of the insurmountable problems that plagued her. So in her misery, she ran away. But Jesus pursued her!

He saw her and because of that, Hagar ended up having her own beautiful encounter with Christ. She knew now she wasn’t alone or forgotten.

This tender story of Jesus’ compassion and mercy is not just for Hagar, but for you too. Another example of the depth of God’s devotion to us and His desire to reveal our worth in Him. Christ did not have to chase Hagar in the desert. She wasn’t of the chosen race and had nothing to do with his major plan for Abram and Sarai. He saw her pain though and came to guide and give courage to her.

As God saw Hagar, he sees you too! God sees me!.. Say that over and over a few times.

God sees you in your loneliness and suffering. He sees you in your sin and anger. He sees you in your fear and anxiety.  He is not blinded to what you are going through. I hope you begin to understand that Christ is present…with you…hearing you…and seeing you. He will not abandon you. And you are never forgotten in the mind of Christ; it is simply not possible.

He will chase after you like he did Hagar…because He is Love and that’s what His Love does. And it is not based on the good we do. His love is always based on the cross and resurrection of Jesus.

So, begin to eliminate the lies that tell you, you aren’t good enough for God to see, or that he just doesn’t care about you. Replace the lies with the truth that your worth comes exclusively from Christ and his immense love for you. And what he does for one person he will do for others.

Jesus saw Hagar in her oppressed state and she encountered His love by being willing to surrender the things that caused her pain. 

No matter what storm you find yourself in, Christ sees you and wants to heal your brokenness; I pray you will begin to allow him do that.

Posted by , August 22, 2020 6 comments


  1. Beautiful reminder Maggie! I love how God sees His children, often the people we would overlook. I have also written a post similar to this. Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Emily Susanne on July 21, 2017 at 4:02 pm

  2. Thank you Emily! Life can be so crazy hectic and we don’t seem to look up and see others. Thankfully God always sees us. I appreciate your kind words.

    Comment by Maggie Simmons on July 23, 2017 at 2:51 am

  3. Hagar became the mother of a race of people, just like Sarah. The story of Hagar always shocks me because she was just used and thrown away like so many women today.

    Comment by Alice Mills on July 23, 2017 at 1:51 am

  4. I don’t feel like she was thrown away. We do not hear about her anymore, but she played a huge role in this new race and God pursued her in the desert and that was a beautiful thing! Things could have been so much worse for her and Ishmael. I so appreciate you being involved in my blog posts, Alice. Thank you!

    Comment by Maggie Simmons on July 23, 2017 at 2:53 am

  5. Yes! I am so thankful He sees and loves us. Where would we be without Him? He sees the ones who are considered unlovely. He is so gracious. Thanks for your post!

    Comment by Josephine on July 23, 2017 at 3:53 am

  6. Yes, I am so grateful for God seeing me and lifting me up out of the pit I was in!
    Thank you, Josephine, for stopping by and reading my post! I pray you have a blessed weekend!

    Comment by Maggie Simmons on July 23, 2017 at 5:34 am

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