In the story of Hagar in Genesis 16, we find where God met Hagar in the desert of her suffering and this was her response, "So she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, 'You are a God of seeing,' for she said, 'Truly I have seen Him who looks after me.'"
Hagar found the courage to persevere because she was confident and strengthened that God saw her. Today, we are going to visit and spend time with two families whose situations are very dire. As I think about this day, I can't help but consider the traditional Swazi greeting, how we will greet each family... Sawubona... it means 'I see you.'
At the heart of all of us is a desire to be seen, to be recognized. We will not change situations today, we may offer a small comfort with a new pair of shoes, or a jacket. We may help provide some food by planting a garden with them, but we will not be able to take them out of their desert of suffering and dramatically change their situation. But we can follow the example of our Abba Father, and assure them that they are seen. Not by us, but by Him... The one that truly matters... the one who gives each of us value!
I pray that today each member of the family will feel the love of Jesus and know for certain that the God of the Universe has not forgotten them, that He sees them and loves them beyond their wildest imagination!
I am so thankful that I love my God who sees!
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