In Genesis 16 we find Hagar in the wilderness next to a spring of water. In this time of wandering, wondering and facing an unknown future, God reached down from heaven and spoke lovingly to her. “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?”  Hagar responded truthfully: “I am running away.”

Are you willing to be truthful with God about your circumstance?

The psalmist reminds us that when we like Hagar, face the unknown, He is there. He “encamps” around us. When our vision is blurred we need fresh eyes. When Elisha’s servant could only see the enemy; when Hagar could only see the wilderness before her; when the future before us seems unreachable, we can pray O Lord; open my eyes so I can see that You, El Roi are  “encamped” around me.  He is the not just God who sees but more importantly He is the God who sees “me!” Hagar would name that well, Beer Lahai Roi and would be her spiritual marker and testimony to all who came by and asked, why is this well named that?

Do you have a spiritual marker that testifies to your intimate meeting with God?

Can you say with Hagar and the servant “God has seen “me?”