Feeling Seen

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“She 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 NIV

Have you ever felt unseen? Growing up, my dad told us that “little children should be seen and not heard.” So, statements like this and the fact that I am an introvert left me feeling unseen for much of my life. So, I still struggle with these feelings sometimes. And at times, my heart still craves for others to see, and I want to be part of the popular crowd.

Feeling Seen

I believe many people experience such feelings. And we even find instances of this in the Bible. For example, we see one such account in the 16th chapter of Genesis with the story of Hagar. Hagar was a maidservant to Sarai, Abram’s wife. So when Sarai could not conceive a child, she took matters into her own hands to fulfill the promise of God to her husband. 

“3: So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. 4: He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.”

Genesis 16:3-4 NIV

As the story continues, Hagar feels unseen by either Sarai or Abram. As a result, she becomes a pawn in the story and ends up running away. Finally, she escapes to the desert, where she encounters an angel of the Lord. The angel even calls her by name as he speaks with her about her current situation.

El Roi – The God Who Sees

Next, the angel commands Hagar to “return and submit” (Gen 16:9) to Sarai. To some, this command appears insensitive and oppressive. However, the verses that follow this statement display God’s focus on Hagar’s future. And Hagar realizes that God has seen and heard her, prompting her to give God the name El Roi, the God who sees me. Additionally, Hagar names her son Ishmael (per the angel’s instructions), which means God hears. 

Seen by God

Hagar, a woman with no power or status in a patriarchal society, became the first person in Scripture to receive a visit from an angel. And she is the only person in Scripture to give God a name. Her life changed when she realized that God had seen her. And, no matter how bad the treatment upon her return, Hagar held onto the promises from Genesis 16:10 NIV; “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”

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What a beautiful lesson! This story wasn’t only for Hagar. God’s character never changes, and what He did for Hagar, He will do for us today. We are seen by El Roi too. There is hope and comfort in the name “El Roi.”

The Lesson for Us

So, the next time you feel unseen, remember the story of Hagar. Remember that you are seen by God. He sees your tears, doubts, fears, and worries. God saw you before you were born (Psalm 139:16 NIV), He knows your name (Isaiah 43:1 NIV), and He will be with us until the end of time (Matthew 28:20 NIV). Whether the world sees you or not, your Savior does, and I know that provides me enough comfort to keep going.

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father. Forgive me for the times I crave to be seen by the world. I’m so grateful that I don’t have to look to man for validation; all I need is given to me by You. So please help me to focus on Your promises for me. And help me to seek You when I want to be seen. Thank You for loving me through all my trials and tribulations. In Jesus’ Holy name, I pray. Amen 

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Grace and Peace to you,

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26 thoughts on “Feeling Seen

  1. Great post Ms. Yvonne. So many reasons to love this word ma’am. Thank you for sharing your heart. Remembering always that El Roi sees all gives us both a reason for hope (His enduring word) and restraint (the strength and courage to overcome temptation and carnality). God’s blessings ma’am.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks JD. I really felt seen all during BRMCWC. To be seen by God is what matters most and He sees us and knows us. And He still loves us. Blessings

  2. Ava Pennington – Ava has a heart for God’s Word and God’s people. She’s passionate about encouraging readers and writers. She began writing for publication after a 20+ year corporate executive career in NYC. Her publication credits include articles in numerous magazines as well as short stories in 30+ anthologies. Her one-year devotional, Daily Reflections on the Names of God, is being released by Revell Books this year in a gift book edition, titled Reflections on the Names of God, which includes content from the original devotional. For more information about Ava’s books, speaking, and writers’ services, visit www.AvaPennington.com.
    Ava Pennington

    What a precious reminder.
    I love studying the names and attributes of God. It’s why I wrote the devotional, Reflections on the Names of God.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      His names tell us so much about His character and a great devotional. Thanks Ava. And God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen Melissa. This is a precious gift for those in Christ

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen Carla. So thankful He sees me. God bless.

  3. Yvonne, El Roi is a name of God that encourages me to trust Him. He sees me and loves me. He understands. I especially appreciate the last paragraph in your wonderful post.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you Jeannie. I think El Roi is one of my favorite names for God.

  4. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    In a culture in which women were seldom truly seen, the Lord saw a woman in need, encouraging her, watching over her, and dialoguing with her. It is a great blessing to be seen!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      It is a great blessing. Thanks Melinda

  5. authordlv – Christian writer, author, blogger. Visit my site at https://www.stephendelavega.com.
    Stephen De La Vega

    This is such a good reminder, Yvonne, of God’s intent care for us. I read through this chapter in Genesis recently in my daily Bible reading and it seems there were a number of people who felt unseen or not recognized appropriately in Abraham’s, Isaac’s, and Jacob’s days. I’m thankful that God sees each one of us as who He made us to be.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Me too. I reread this story when I feel unseen by the world and it reminds me to focus on El Roi. Blessings

  6. Just beautiful! I’m so grateful we have El Roi who TRULY sees us… He sees past the pain and the sin and the baggage and the masks we wear and knows us truly and deeply.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      And I find so much comfort in this fact. What an indescribable love He gives to us. Thanks Jessica. Blessings

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Yes, it brings me so much comfort. Thanks Sylvia and God bless.

  7. I have always found peace in this story because of the beautiful reminder God sees us. It reminds me God sees all of us, not just certain people.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen Jennifer. It provides me with His ever lasting peace and a joy that is beyond understanding. Blessings

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Annie. Blessings on your day

  8. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    What a wonderful message for when we’re feeling alone! He never leaves us, never forsakes us. Thanks, Yvonne. God bless!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Nancy. It certainly helps me when feelings of loneliness strike me. God bless

  9. Thank you, Yvonne. I’ve always found inspiration and comfort in Hagar’s story. We have all felt invisible at times or wondered, Is God there? Does He know? Does He see? To realize He’s the God who sees us remains a powerful encouragement to our heart.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      So many amazing stories in the Bible that provide comfort to our every pain. Thanks Karen and God bless

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