The famous line from Avatar remains glued to the forefront of my heart and mind. "I see you." There is more to that statement than hollywood characters, the color blue on people, the planet of Pandora or Pixar animated plots. There is a spiritual dimension to those precious words. While in FWB this weekend on the phone with one my girls from ESTABLISH HER, those words haunted me. In her tears, the revelation of this fact came to me. The desire to be seen and the reality that I am, regardless of circumstances.
Living a full life, busy loving others and being loved, this little one can still feel unseen by the closest people to me. Why is that? Because innately in me is the desire and need to know I am SEEN, by the One who saw me before I was visible. I am seen by many, few, all, and of course, God. But sometimes it feels as those everyone goes blind and no one notices. We all want to be noticed, appreciated, recognized, known, and SEEN.
In hectic schedules, travel arrangements, new relationships, old friendships, demands of life, and ministry opportunities it is easy, ironically, to feel anything but seen. God whispered to me as I counseled her on the phone, " But I see you, Sarah". When I feel forsaken, taken for granted, overlooked, passed by, missed, discarded, or obscure, Jesus whispers " I see you, beloved girl". Oh I needed that fresh breath this weekend! His eyes are mentioned through the scripture... It is beautiful.
The eyes of the Lord scan the whole earth looking for someone whom He can show Himself strong. II Chron 16:9 His eye rests on me and you. Show Yourself strong O God.
The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him and hope in His unfailing Love. Ps 33:18 He sees me and you with eyes of unfailing loving gaze.
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go, I will counsel you with My eye upon you." Ps. 32:8 I love His eyes being on us, counseling us in the way to walk!
He keeps me as the apple or little daughter of His eye. Ps 17:8 What an endearing close posture this to me! To be so close to Christ that in His gaze on me I see who I am in His eye. My God has fixed focus!
The eyes of the Lord are in and on every place and person. Prov 15:3
To my memory was brought Gen 16 as I continued to counsel with my dear friend and console my own heart. Hagar was mistreated by the maidservant whom she had only served and obeyed. She ran from her straight into the arms of God. Hagar has a perspective too. Her story is worth telling. She was abandoned into the wilderness under a tree by a well up against a wall. Cornered, literally. She was not seen by anyone and felt that with bitter tears. Then the Angel of the Lord visits her and asks her why she is running. Then He comforts her, with His eyes directly on her, and commands her back to Sarai. God viewed Hagar and she viewed Him. Her tears were dried and her feet were strengthened to head back for service. Hagar said, "Now I have seen the God who sees me". She named that very location, "Beer LaHai Roi", The Living One who sees me!
Oh Hagar and I have much in common at times. I long to be seen and my heart remembered this weekend that I am. I am seen by the Living One. He sees me! El Roi, the God who sees.
Take comfort in your heart, be strong and courageous for God is looking closely at us saying,
"I SEE YOU."