Girlfriends in God - Jan. 16, 2007


January 16, 2007

The One Who Sees Me

Gwen Smith


Today's Truth

“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


Friend to Friend

Have you ever felt lonely, scared, angry, confused and hurt all at the same time?   Ever felt like running away from a difficult situation?  I have.  There was a time, several years ago, when I wanted to run – hard and fast – from life as I knew it.  I had just birthed three babies in three years.  Then, to everybody’s surprise, my husband got a promotion that moved our young family across the country to a place where we knew no one.  I had two babies in diapers and one ‘big boy’ struggling to say goodbye to his binky.   There was always a diaper to change, a mouth to feed or a mess to clean up.   My days were a blur and my emotions were overloaded. 


In my mind, I knew I wasn’t alone – but in my heart, I felt like I was. 


God knew exactly where I was. 


He saw me. 


El Roi was with me each step of the way.  He answered prayers that had never even made it past my lips when he sent me a priceless new friend named Peg.  She was a young mom, too.  We laughed together, cried together, prayed together, watched each other’s children and supported one another.  She was a true blessing in that desperate season of my life. 


Hagar was a young Egyptian servant girl who also faced some big challenges.  In the Old Testament book of Genesis, chapter 16, we hear of her plight…and of her flight.  When faced with difficult circumstances, she didn’t stay - she ran away.  And when she found herself seemingly alone in the desert, God sought her out and called her by name.  Stunned that the God of the universe cared to comfort her, Hagar responded by giving God a new name…El Roi…”The One who sees me.”


Below is the lyric to an intimate song I wrote about Hagar…but it’s also about me…and you…



The One Who Sees Me

By Gwen Smith


No matter where I am, Lord, You see me

No matter where I've been, You've been there too

And even in the times I feel abandoned and alone

You hold me like a child and draw me close to You


I lift my eyes to the One who sees me

No matter where I am

No matter where I am

I lift my soul to the One who lifts me

With a loving hand

With a loving hand

No matter where I am I'm turning to

The One who sees me


No matter what I say, Lord, You hear me

No matter where I go, You're by my side

And even in the times I feel exhausted and unheard

You love me with Your words, passionate and kind


Even my darkest place is illuminated by Your grace

I am so amazed


© 2005 Audio 31 Music / Sunday Best Music (ASCAP)


Let’s lift our eyes and our souls to El Roi right now.


Let's Pray

Dear Lord, there have been times when I have felt alone and abandoned.  Thanks for reminding me that You are a God who will never allow me to be beyond Your sight or Your reach.  Help me to face trials with a courage that is firmly routed in your strength and power so others might be drawn to You and know Your grace.  In Jesus’ name, amen.


Now it's Your Turn

  • What can you learn from Hagar’s encounter with God in the desert?
  • Is there a difficulty in your life that you are tempted to run away from or ignore?
  • Are you willing to surrender your pain to El Roi?



Gwen’s song “The One Who Sees Me” can be found on her “Because” CD.


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Originally published Tuesday, 16 January 2007.