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The God Who Sees (Psalm 139:1–24)

Even when we’re alone or in despair, God knows, understands, and is with us
right in the middle of it.
Sitting at the bustling, communal lunch table, I introduced myself to the
kind face across from me. We exchanged the usual pleasantries and
inquiries: Where are you from? What kind of work do you do? What brings you
to this retreat?
Rather quickly we discovered we both had sons about the same ages. At one
point in our get-to-know-you conversation, my lunch buddy shared the
smallest of mothering details that made my ears perk up and a lump form in
my throat. Could she have this in her life too?
I dared to ask a follow-up question. She smiled and revealed just a bit
more about her family. I mustered all the courage I had to offer a similar
scenario from my life. She affirmed she was familiar with the struggle.
All of a sudden, I was overwhelmed with emotion. Just a few moments
earlier, I had felt completely alone, like the only mom on the planet
experiencing this parenting heartache. And yet, directly across from me at
a small retreat centre in the middle of nowhere sat a woman who was
intimately acquainted with my hopes, my fears, my heart.
Of course she was the one I met that day. Out of all the people in
attendance, all the lunch seats available, all the words she could have
chosen, this exact woman chose to sit across from me and share a detail
that only I would notice.
In my new friend’s kind eyes, I saw my loving God looking back at me. I
heard him saying, “I see you. I know what’s breaking your heart. You are
not alone in this. I love you.”
In Genesis 16, Hagar, Sarah’s servant, gives God the descriptive name The
God Who Sees. The angel of the Lord had found her in the desert after
fleeing mistreatment. God found her alone and in despair and spoke to her
right in the middle of it.
I realized that I could trust God to lead me where he wanted me when my
heart was seeking his. The God Who Sees sees you. He knows your heart. He
is with you in the middle of it. And he loves you.
Reflect
Where have you seen evidence of God’s presence today?
Taken from NIV Bible for Women

Believe it to be co-incidence if you must but it is far more likely God in action. A step of faith, an open heart and a willingness to submit to God is all it takes for Him to put some ‘co-incidences’ your way! Reach out to Him and see the response….

Shirley Anne

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